Work Begins on Flagship Council House Building Project

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WORK is under way on the construction of 57 new Council homes, in Tilehurst, as Reading Borough Council progresses with the largest house building project in its current phase of construction works.

Housebuilders Hill Partnership will deliver the £11 million Conwy Close scheme and marked the occasion with a sod cutting ceremony this week to celebrate the commencement of works.

The development will include 12 one-bed flats, 22 two-bed flats, 9 two-bed houses, 6 three-bed houses and 8 four-bed houses, reflecting the housing need identified on the Council’s housing register.

In keeping with surrounding properties, the homes will feature traditional Reading red-brick exteriors and be offset with attractive landscaped frontages and communal areas, including newly planted trees, areas of ornamental planting and open spaces incorporating informal play areas.

The first properties are expected to be handed over to the Council in autumn 2018 and the scheme should be fully complete by summer 2019.

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Cllr John Ennis, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Housing, said:

“I am thrilled this major council house building development is under way.

“There is a huge demand for affordable accommodation in Reading and this scheme will go some way towards meeting that need.

“This project will provide good quality homes close to local amenities and with good transport links to the town centre and employment hubs. I look forward to welcoming the first families into Conwy Close next year.”

Ryan Harris, Regional Director at Hill, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Reading Council to deliver these homes for the benefit of local families.

“Councils are increasingly needing to be more creative in order to provide housing and other local amenities and we’re currently partnering with a number of councils, including Reading, to help them better utilise land and other resources at their disposal.

“These local authorities are individually unlocking a number of previously untapped opportunities and increasing housing production within their areas.”

Reading Borough Council and Hill are working in partnership to offer Council apprentices opportunities to gain valuable experience on site throughout the project. Hill will also provide funding to offer opportunities for local people through Employment Skills Training.

The Conwy Close project is one of a number of initiatives Reading Borough Council has in place to tackle the town’s housing crisis. Other schemes include: the creation of a wholly owned housing company called Homes for Reading which is buying properties and will let out a proportion at below-market rents; the construction of 28 temporary homes in Lowfield Road in Caversham which comes on-stream in the new year and closer co-operation with private landlords through projects such as the Rent Guarantee Scheme and working with organisations to prevent families being made homeless.

NOTES TO EDITOR

About Hill:

Hill is an award-winning UK top 20 housebuilder and one of the leading developers in London and the south east of England, delivering both private for sale and affordable homes.

The company builds in the region of 2,000 homes a year, including more than 1,000 homes for clients and partners in the affordable housing sector. Hill’s portfolio is diverse, ranging from landmark mixed-use regeneration schemes and large-scale urban extensions, to bespoke housing in rural communities.

Hill has won awards including the WhatHouse? Development of the Year title three years in a row and their Housebuilder of the Year award in 2015.

For further information on Hill visit: www.hill.co.uk

David Millward

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