Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) will begin building much-needed homes on a second site in Sheffield, just months after it started work at Brearley Forge in the north of the city.
Councillor Harry Harpham, Eugien Jaruga (Chair of the SHC), Dave Sheridan (CEO of Keepmoat) and Raymond Kinsella (regional manager at Great Places) will cut the sod at Norfolk Park, the second of three sites in the first phase of SHC’s plans to build 2,300 new homes across the city over the next 15 years.
The 116 homes at Norfolk Park, which are being delivered by SHC (a partnership between Sheffield City Council, Keepmoat and Great Places Housing Group), will be high quality, sustainable and energy efficient, helping residents to dramatically reduce energy bills. They will achieve a 'Very Good' rating in the BREEAM status (the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings), leading the way in terms of quality developments at a national level.
The first phase will see a total of 305 homes. Work has already started on 142 homes in Brearley Forge and building is on course to start later this year on 47 homes in Shirecliffe. The homes in phase one are available for sale and rent, with some being built to mobility and wheelchair standards in a scheme which will create new open spaces and help to build real communities, bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds.
As well as providing housing, the scheme will help to stimulate the local economy with labour initiatives, training schemes and support for small, medium and community enterprises.
In October last year, residents were given the opportunity to find out more about the jobs available at two informal job sessions which were held in both Norfolk Park and Shirecliffe/Falstaff. They gave details of eight two-year apprenticeships and 30 full-time equivalent jobs that are available locally.
Eugien Jaruga, chair of Sheffield Housing Company, said: “Another start on site by SHC highlights what can be achieved when the public and private sectors come together in a true partnership with a common goal of delivering much needed quality homes for the people of Sheffield”.
Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “This is a fantastic project, which will provide much needed homes for families when we know that there is a great housing shortage in Sheffield and across the country. Despite the poor performance of the economy we have been working for Sheffield to kick start this development as we want to make Sheffield a great place to live for everyone in the city."
Councillor Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods said: “I'm very happy to mark the beginning of this new housing project at Norfolk Park. We have a real shortage of housing in the city and we are delighted to be able to bring 116 much needed quality homes to the area as part of the council's commitment to build 2,300 homes in the city over the next 15 years. These purpose-built houses will provide sustainable and energy efficient homes for families in Sheffield. The development will also create local jobs and help to stimulate the local economy, which is much needed in the current economic climate.”
Dave Sheridan, Keepmoat CEO, said: “It’s fantastic to see work starting on the second of our three developments in Sheffield. This is a major regeneration scheme which will benefit the whole region, not only by providing much needed homes but also jobs and training opportunities. Reaching the next stage of the project is great news for residents and the local economy as a whole.”
Stephen Porter, chief executive of Great Places Housing Group, said: “This is another milestone in our quest to create much-needed, quality homes in the city. These homes will be built to the highest of standards.”
For more information on the new homes at Norfolk Park, please contact Keepmoat on 01302 346 620 or visit www.keepmoat.com
Picture shows Derek Matin (Sheffield Council), QS Lee McGray (Hall and Partners), Mark Knight (MD Keepmoat New Builds), Cllr Julie Dore Leader of Sheffield City Council, Raymond Kinsella (Great Places) and Eugien Jaruga (Keepmoat Partnership Director).