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HOUSEBUILDER NEWS 13


Nottingham City Homes celebrates reaching 500-home landmark


Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has reached the milestone of having built over 500 affordable homes for local people across the city. The Arms-Length Management


Organisation (ALMO) has completed 531 properties over the past four years, with 44 currently under construction and a further 660 potential new builds on proposed sites. This is reportedly twice as many homes as any other ALMO – prompting Inside Housing magazine to name NCH the number one builder in the UK. The homes have been built in neigh- bourhoods across the city including Sneinton, Bestwood, Aspley, Broxtowe, Clifton, Top Valley and Radford. The homes range from houses and bungalows to independent living schemes and flats. Over the last few years the company has developed some large scale projects, with more than 270 homes being built on five sites alone. One of the biggest, the Lenton Green development, saw 142 homes created in Lenton, including 88 family homes, two commercial units, and 54 Independent Living apartments. Strelley Court in Strelley is the latest new development to open, with 37 new one-bed independent living apartments. Residents have been moving in to the new apartments over the last month. Also completed in the middle of 2018


were 49 houses and six bungalows in The Meadows. The Meadows properties include innovative sun tubes that bring up to 70 per cent more natural light into the properties, and help to combat fuel poverty. As well as these projects, one of NCH’s biggest builds is well underway. Construction teams have been at Winwood Heights in Sherwood since 2017. The project consists of the renovations of the


“WE PLACE A PREMIUM ON TRAINING AND EMPLOYING LOCAL LABOUR – INCLUDING SETTING UP OUR OWN IN-HOUSE NEW BUILD TEAM” –NICK MURPHY, NOTTINGHAM CITY HOMES CEO


existing Winchester Court and Woodthorpe Court high rise flats, and the creation of 44 homes in an Extra Care Scheme named Winwood Court.


LOOKING AHEAD


There are a number of sites already being looked at for potential new homes, includ- ing NCH’s first-ever properties wholly for private market rent. Plans to create 21 apartments on the site of the former Meadows Police Station have just been give the go-ahead by planning, and are intended to act as a gateway to the Meadows and NG2 Business Park. Plans for nearly 70 homes have also either been submitted or have been granted permission by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee. Plans for homes on Marlestones in Bulwell and homes on Tunstall Drive in Basford for example have just recently been given the green light.


NCH is currently awaiting a decision on


plans for homes on the former Clifton Miners Welfare site in The Meadows. Eighteen family homes will be built on Knights Close in Bulwell, with work due to start once a developer has been appointed. There are also plans in the pipeline for 287 homes at Poplar Heights in Bestwood and 65 eco homes at Eastglade in Bestwood. Nick Murphy, chief executive of Nottingham City Homes, commented: “The City Council has ambitious targets to deliver new homes for Nottingham people. We are keen that Nottingham City Homes makes the biggest contribution possible to building decent homes which will transform peoples’ lives. Our 500th new home is a milestone, but we need to build more to help the Nottingham families on our waiting list. “But it’s not just about the numbers. We are building good quality homes – which some have called ‘the best new social housing in the country,’ with high levels of energy efficiency, solar panels on all new homes and space standards which mean these are going to be good homes to live in for years to come. “And of course, we place a premium on training and employing local labour – including setting up our own in-house new build team. We are offering more appren- ticeships and more job opportunities for Nottingham people. Our new build programme is helping us to deliver our vision of creating homes and places where people want to live.”


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