Solid foundations in place for major housing scheme

Artist's impression of the Halton scheme

Work is progressing on a 119-home site in Runcorn after Anwyl Partnerships took over following the appointment of administrators to Cruden Construction.

The main drainage infrastructure and central spine road are now in place at Halton Court, paving the way for further progress.

Anwyl Partnerships took over the contract, in partnership with Magenta Living and Onward Homes. The Anwyl team has worked collaboratively with both housing associations to address and rectify a series of critical design, planning and construction issues since work resumed at the site in November 2020.

The development includes a mix of two-, three-and four-bedroom homes in a community which has been identified as needing a boost to the supply of homes available for shared ownership and affordable rent.

Tom Anwyl, Anwyl Partnerships managing director, said: “It is inevitably challenging taking over a site where work is partly completed by another contractor.

“However, we are now at a place where the majority of the legacy issues have been addressed, allowing us to progress with our programme to complete the works by October 2022.

“We’ve had an excellent start to the project, and despite the challenges associated with lockdown, we are making strong progress. As well as construction of the central access road, we have begun to build all essential retaining walls across the site. This collaborative progress has been made whilst remaining true to our partnerships ethos, which will continue to be the key to success with this scheme.”

Brian Simpson, chief executive of Magenta Living, said: “I am really pleased with the progress at Halton Court, especially as the development was delayed at the beginning and due to the COVID restrictions. Anwyl Partnerships have really picked up the pace with the development which is reflected in the progress to date.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing this project advance further with the ultimate goal of providing much needed affordable housing within the local area.”

Sandy Livingstone, executive director of property at Onward, said: “Onward’s priority is delivering high quality affordable homes. We are working hard to achieve this with our partners Magenta Living and Anwyl Partnerships. We’re really pleased with the progress Anwyl is making on this site, they have made a positive impact. I look forward to welcoming our customers into their new homes in 2022.”

Bridge View will offer a range of three- and four-bedroom homes for shared ownership, ideal for local people looking to get a foot on the property ladder. A show home will be available for viewings from summer 2021 and all of the properties, including those for Magenta Living, will be sold by Onward’s sales arm, Onward Living.

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