Multi-million pound housing development gets underway
Building work has officially started on a £12m housing project in Leeds.
Energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE will transform the site at Queenshill Avenue, Moortown, on behalf of Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA), to create the social housing provider’s biggest sheltered accommodation scheme to date.
Twenty-two existing properties have been demolished to make way for two new housing blocks, comprised of 85 one and two-bed apartments, more than 50 of which will be sheltered accommodation for older residents.
Solar panels on the roof are expected to provide 10% of the buildings’ electricity, whilst increased insulation within each property will promote energy efficiency.
The new development will be connected to other accommodation owned by LJHA, to create one large sheltered village off Stonegate Road.
Representatives from the partnership, along with a future tenant, have met on the site to celebrate the milestone.
Sean Corcoran, regional director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “At ENGIE, our goal is to improve lives by creating better living environments for local people, so we are delighted to begin work on this much-needed energy efficient housing project here in Moortown.
“Over the years, there’s been an increase in the over 85s age group in Leeds, with a third of all homes in the city being one-person households, and half of these are aged over 65.
“These figures signify a need for more affordable housing for the older generation and this development ticks all the boxes in providing a safe and secure home for those in need.”
Mark Grandfield, chief executive of Leeds Jewish Housing Association, said: “We are truly excited about this project.
“This isn’t your normal housing newbuild scheme, LJHA have been providing homes for the Jewish community on this site for over 60 years and as such, we’ve already made a tremendous emotional investment in the area.
“Having the chance now to reshape the housing provision for another 60 years to come and be able to house more of our community is great news.”