Around 190 new homes are to be built across various sites in Durham and Darlington after homes and communities organisation livin confirmed an investment of approximately £20m over the next three years.
Areas across the county, such as Ferryhill and Newton Aycliffe, will benefit from the new homes for affordable rent as well as private sale, with construction at the first development location expected to start in September later this year at the Oak Tree Pub site in Newton Aycliffe.
The development will comprise eight two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent especially for people aged 55 and over.
North East based Gentoo Construction was recently named as the preferred construction partner on a three-year framework to provide the new homes for the region. Both livin and Gentoo Construction have strong company values when it comes to supporting local communities and providing education and training opportunities, meaning the partnership will deliver much more to the local community than a typical construction contract.
Wayne Harris, executive director property and development for livin, said: “We have a track record of building high quality, affordable new homes to meet the housing need and aspirations of our communities and recognise that investing in communities is integral to creating sustainable places to live and work.”
Managing director of Gentoo Construction, Allan Thompson, added: “This is a huge win for us at Gentoo, and we are delighted to be named as livin’s sole construction partner for the next three years. We look forward to delivering quality housing in Durham and embarking on a new partnership with livin.”