Constructions begins on more than 100 homes

A project to deliver 113 affordable homes has begun construction on site in Menston, West Yorkshire.

The £17.7m contract was awarded to Yorkshire-based contractor Tolent back in June, and the team is now working on delivering a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes.

Working on behalf of Yorkshire Housing, which manages more than 18,000 affordable and social rent homes and supported with Homes England funding, the homes will be available for a mix of tenures including shared ownership, right to buy and affordable rent.

The scheme will be constructed in two phases, with show homes set to open in summer 2022.

Tolent will be using a mix of modern methods of construction (MMC) on a number of homes, which will see the structure of some homes go from foundations to roof level in just one week.

Sian Grindley, director of development at Yorkshire Housing, said: “We’re really pleased work has started on site. We’re one step closer to being able to offer over 100 families a high-quality new home which they can be proud of, in a sought-after area.

“It also brings us closer towards our target of delivering 8,000 new homes across Yorkshire by 2030.”

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “We’re passionate about creating high quality homes, delivered to suit the needs of those who need them most, so it’s great to be working with Yorkshire Housing who we know are creating some fantastic new communities across the region.”

“As well as delivering this flagship scheme, we’ll also be delivering on our commitment to create employment and apprenticeship opportunities as well as engaging with local schools, colleges and universities and building and supporting a local supply chain.”

Tolent announced its intentions to expand its housing division further into Yorkshire in 2020 and has recently won a string of new contracts in the area.

Contracts include a £2.6m project to create 14 affordable homes in Batley and a £4.1m project that will see 32 homes delivered in Kirkbymoorside.

Including work completed in 2021 and secured work into 2024, Tolent is set to deliver around 2,300 new homes covering both the private and public sector across the North East and Yorkshire.

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