Property briefs: Southdale; The Vinden Partnership; Jones Melling, and more

CONSTRUCTION firm Southdale has started work on £11.5m of housing association projects to develop more than 110 new homes across the North West.

The business has doubled the size of its Warrington office to accommodate growth in the business.

The projects involve 20 homes in Crewe, 33 in Salford, 15 in Stockport and 46 in Bury.

It is working with Great Places Housing Group in Bury and Salford, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust in Stockport and Wulvern Housing in Crewe.

Stuart Allison, regional director of Southdale, said: “Our North West business is going from strength to strength and these four contracts are an excellent body of work for the coming year and beyond. They will help us to build upon the growth we have achieved since opening our Warrington office in 2010.”

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PLANNING approval has been given for a scheme of 25 new homes that will extend a sought-after affordable housing development at Petre Wood Farm in Langho, near Blackburn.

Designed by Kirkham-based Croft Goode Architects on behalf of Great Places Housing Group, the development will aim to further boost the supply of affordable housing in the area.

The two, three and four-bedroom homes will be built on former commercial and industrial farmland between Whalley Road and the A59.

The first phase of the development, completed in 2009, saw a mix of apartments and family homes built on the brownfield site.

David Croft, a director of Croft Goode Architects, said: “The scheme has been designed following a detailed public consultation and the proposals have been well received by local residents. It will provide a high quality and attractive residential development with homes constructed to the latest standards of high insulation and energy efficiency.”

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CHARTERED surveyor Jones Melling has been appointed by Chester-based Hospice of the Good Shepherd to work on a £2m extension.

The two-storey building will provide day care, offices, further clinical and outpatient areas, as well as training facilities for staff.

Chief executive of the hospice, David McClenaghan, appointed Jones Melling to the project after meeting the Warrington-based team at a business networking event.

Ken Jones, joint founder and managing director of Jones Melling, said: “Following some initial pro bono assessments, we are delighted to have been appointed to oversee the completion of Good Shepherd’s extension. The hospice’s patients deserve the best possible conditions, and the development promises to make this a reality.”

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BOLTON-based construction advisory firm, The Vinden Partnership (TVP), has completed three education construction projects in the North West.
 
The firm has worked on two schools in Salford and one in Liverpool during extensions and extensive refurbishments, providing quantity surveying and CDM-C support.
 
Martin Bennett, regional director of The Vinden Partnership, said: “While most have been enjoying holidays, we have had an extremely busy summer, working on a number of great schools that are undergoing improvements.”

TVP supported Salford Albion Academy with the refurbishment of its ground floor dining hall and Marlborough Road Academy, Salford, with the development of a new infant block and a refurbished junior block.

In Liverpool, TVP supplied its CDM-C and quantity surveying services to Hope School during a two-classroom extension project.