Ground has officially been broken at a £43m new housing development in Bradford, where 292 new homes will be built on 14.8 hectares of land.
Developer Keepmoat welcomed representatives from Bradford Council, together with former land owners Hallam Land, for a traditional sod cutting ceremony, marking the start of build on a varied collection of two, three and four bedroom homes.
The housing and regeneration project, which has been named Heron’s Reach, is poised to deliver significant public open space, off-site highways improvements and a £1m contribution for education infrastructure enhancements.
The scheme will take seven years to build, with an anticipated completion date of November 2023. Throughout the course of the build, Keepmoat has pledged to invest in local labour which will buoy Bradford commerce; while also offering a substantial number of employment and training opportunities for local people.
A series of public consultation events were held throughout the planning process and Keepmoat has assured it will continue to communicate openly with the public during construction.
Ian Hoad, Keepmoat’s regional director for Yorkshire West, said: “We are delighted to have partnered Bradford Council and Hallam Land to make some significant inroads in tackling the provision of new homes in Bradford.
“We’re proud that 75% of Keepmoat customers across the country are first time buyers and we are confident that the delivery of these 292 new homes will serve to improve home ownership in the city, through the availability of schemes like Help to Buy.
“As with all of our new housing developments, we are also wholly committed to putting back into the community and we hope that over the course of the seven years, we will be using an entirely local workforce; while also encouraging young people into our field through training and apprenticeships.”
Keepmoat is already taking reservations on the new homes, with the first residents at Heron’s Reach expected to move in as early as April 2017.
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Image (L to R): Paul Woolin (Keepmoat site manager), Ian Hoad (Regional Director for Keepmoat), Andy Sanderson (Construction Director), Mohammed Shabir (Housing Development & Enabling Manager at Bradford Council), Adam Clarke (Engineer) and Josiah Sulc (Charity Manager at Kidz Klub Allerton).