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IMAGE (L-R): Paul Armstrong, Contracts Manager; Ian Marshall, Site Manager; Mick McHugh, Construction Manager, Paul Tate, Project Manager, Thirteen Group; Terry Gorham Head of Developments; Michael Lee, Managing Director

Newcastle-based Sendrig Construction (Sendrig) has started work on a green housing scheme in Ashington - its biggest ever project – to build 25 affordable homes in a joint venture with Thirteen Housing Group (Thirteen).

Sendrig acquired the site on Norham Road, Ashington in 2020 - formerly occupied by St Aidan’s RC Voluntary Aided First School - and agreed terms with Thirteen at the end of 2023 to enter into a joint venture partnership to develop the site for much needed housing.

With a project value of almost £4.5m, the St Aidan’s development is scheduled for completion in late 2025 and will offer two and three-bedroom homes for affordable rent in a safe, cul-de-sac setting. 

All the properties will be of a timber frame construction and feature solar panels and car charging ports with heating and hot water delivered by air source heat pumps. 

Commenting on the scheme, Sendrig’s managing director, Michael Lee, said:

“This is a progressive project that prioritises environmental efficiency and at the same time supports the community.  Its focus is very much on reducing carbon footprint by using modern methods of construction to create sustainable dwellings - homes that will be affordable to run, thanks to the air source heat pumps we are installing and the solar roof panels. 

“The homes are also well located for local amenities and each will have a garden, making them popular for families with children. 

“Construction is moving ahead to programme, and we have already formed a very good working relationship with Thirteen. I hope this is just the first of several JV projects we deliver together.  I am personally delighted that our biggest project to date is also one of the greenest affordable housing schemes in recent times.”

Terry Gorham, head of developments at Sendrig, added: 

“This scheme will make a big difference to the local community and it is great to report that we are really starting to make progress on site.  We are currently installing the block and beam floors to the property and hope to see the superstructures taking shape by July 2024.”

Thirteen provides more than 73,000 people in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber with homes or help to get on the housing ladder.

Paul Tate, Thirteen’s project manager, said:  “Thirteen has an excellent track record of building new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership. We build hundreds of high-quality and modern homes that meet the needs of local people and as a Homes England Strategic Partner, we have an ambitious development programme over the next five years. 

“The St Aidan’s development is an outstanding scheme and we’re excited to be working alongside Sendrig and partners to deliver it. The sustainable, timber frame design will enable faster construction, environmental efficiency and a lower carbon footprint – and with homes being solar-ready, customers will be able to benefit from savings on their energy bills from day one, which is a priority for us here at Thirteen in our commitment to making homes affordable.”

IMAGE: Aerial shot of the site


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