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Work gets underway at Ganstead Grove in Hull

Published date : 6 December 2013

Celebrations are underway in Hull following the start of construction work at the Ganstead Grove site, off Preston Road. Sanctuary Group is developing 54 new homes on the site in partnership with Hull City Council in a £5m project with  £1.4m investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

This building work is part of wider regeneration taking place in the Preston Road area, which will include the major refurbishment of existing properties as well as the construction of over 1,000 new homes. In the first phase of the project, Sanctuary will build 35 two bedroom houses, 11 three bed houses and eight one-bed apartments, all available on an affordable rental basis.

Priority for these new homes will be given to local residents whose homes are to be demolished as part of the regeneration programme.

Yorkshire based construction company, Keepmoat, has been appointed by Sanctuary as the contractor for this development, due for completion in December 2014.

Sanctuary and Keepmoat welcomed local partners along to the Ganstead Grove site on Tuesday (3 December) for a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction, and Councillor David Gemmell from Southcotes East ward, who was born just over the road from the site, was invited to dig the first spade into the ground and declare work officially underway.

Rowan Kirk, Sanctuary’s Director of Development - Operations, said:

“We have been working closely with Hull City Council to commence the first phase of the provision of new homes as part of the Council’s wider investment in the regeneration of the area which has been shaped by the local community over a number of years. 

Not only will Sanctuary be transforming the site to provide much needed high quality homes over the next 12 months, we will also be working with our contractor partner Keepmoat to create employment and training opportunities for local people.”

Richard Crabtree, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, added:

“Building 54 new homes to rent will make a real difference by helping to ensure that local people can afford to live in the area. Our investment of £1.4m to Sanctuary means that these much needed homes will continue the regeneration of the Preston Road area.”

Councillor John Black, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Hull City Council, said:

 “We welcome the start of this scheme which is the result of joint working with the local community.  We hope this is just the start of the regeneration and residents will soon see the results of various programmes and community group consultations which will transform the area over the coming years.  These can be viewed in the Master Plan revealed at the community event earlier this year and available on the council web site.” 

Photo caption: Cllr Gemmell with  Leigh Nurse, Contracts Manager at Keepmoat and Rob Harbourne, Development Manager at Sanctuary