We’ve started work to build nearly 100 new homes in the north of the city.
We’ve signed contracts with building firm GallifordTry Partnerships, who are now on site at the former Southway Primary School in Bampfylde Way.
Plymouth City Council agreed to sell us the site back in 2013. It was the first site we earmarked for new development outside of North Prospect.
GallifordTry Partnerships will be building 95 homes, 55 for affordable rent and 40 for shared ownership sale through SO Living.
The project will cost £14.2m and we obtained £3.3m of grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to build the homes.
The development will also see us make a contribution towards improving the playing fields to the north of the site for community use.
Over the next few weeks, GallifordTry Partnerships and demolition contractor Wring will be carrying out final remediation works on site to remove the old school foundations.
Andrew Lawrie, Head of Development at PCH, said: “It’s great that we are finally at a stage where we can progress on this site and provide such an amount of affordable housing for local people, as well as employment and training opportunities during construction.
“It has been a long and complicated journey to get to this point but by working in close partnership with Plymouth City Council and with HCA support it is fantastic that we have at last started to build.”
Galliford Try Partnerships South West Managing Director Andrew Johnston said: “We are delighted to be working again with Plymouth Community Homes to build these highly anticipated new homes within the city. We look forward to continuing the relationship with PCH and all stakeholders to provide high quality affordable homes and sustainable communities for the people of Plymouth.”
Councillor Steve Ricketts, Plymouth City Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, added: “I am delighted to hear work has begun to build new homes on the former Southway Primary site, which will, when complete provide 95 new homes.
“It is great to be working in partnership with Plymouth Community Homes towards Plymouth City Council’s ongoing commitment to provide more homes and bring brownfield sites back into use.”
GallifordTry Partnerships is currently building homes at our other development in Southway, the former Southway Campus in Skerries Road.