Originally built in the 1930s for colliery workers, 53 small council-owned 2-bedroom houses which were identified as no longer being suitable for modern living were demolished. These were replaced with 53 new council houses, constructed to HCA design requirements and surpassing building regulation standards.
These homes have improved fuel efficiency and power, in an area where fuel poverty is above the national average. 234 poor quality, existing homes on the estate have also been refurbished. Faithful+Gould provided quantity surveying services throughout the project.
The development, which was led by Homes for Northumberland on behalf of Northumberland County Council, has transformed a run-down estate inhibiting community use, creating an environment that entices community use. New-build aesthetics and improved facilities are complemented by community projects led by local resident and student groups.
The estate is a more desirable place to live, demand for homes has increased, and residents are delighted with their new and improved homes and their revitalised community. The provision of safe, warm and affordable homes ensures that this long-established community is sustainable in the future.