Dozens more homes set to transform old factory site

The specialist housing team at the Leeds office of construction and property consultants, Summers-Inman, has won a framework appointment by Yorkshire Housing.

It will provide Employer’s Agent and Cost Consultancy services on a new housing scheme in Knaresborough.

The £14m development comprising 64 two, three and four-bedroom family homes, is being built by Yorkshire Housing in partnership with Countryside Partnerships, which only recently merged with Vistry Partnerships at the end of 2022.

Following planning consent in late 2022, the new homes, which will be available across a mix of tenures including social rent, shared ownership and affordable rent, will be built on the former Trelleborg Factory site on Halfpenny Lane. The factory closed in 2016.

Work started on site in January this year and the scheme is scheduled for completion in October 2024.

This is one of several recent appointments secured by Summers-Inman and it follows places won on further frameworks in the North of England and Scotland, including those of  Wakefield District Housing, Thirteen Group, Tyne Housing Group, Bridge Homes and the Wheatley Group in Edinburgh.

Summers-Inman director and specialist housing lead, David Blakey, said: “We have worked hard to secure places on many frameworks up and down the country in the capacity of Employers Agent, Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Principal Designer – all of which are familiar territory for our team.

“At the present time, the value of the schemes in which we are involved in one or more of these services is in excess of £170m.

“It is a very active sector at a time when the need for affordable housing has never been more keenly felt and we are pleased to be working with Yorkshire Housing and Countryside Partnerships to be able to bring these houses to market.”

Director of development, Yorkshire Housing, Sian Webster added:  “It’s great to be teaming up with Countryside and Summers-Inman to deliver high-quality homes that over 60 families will be proud of. 

“We’re committed to creating affordable and sustainable homes with cost effective heating and power at a time when it’s needed more than ever. 

“The scheme also brings us closer to achieving our target of building 8,000 new homes across Yorkshire.”

Andy Poyner, managing director, Yorkshire, Countryside Partnerships, said: “Through our partnerships model we look to reuse land wherever possible, focusing on high quality mixed-tenure developments that deliver positive social impact for those communities with placemaking at the heart of what we do.”

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