Equans lands £35m Winsford housing job

A mixed-tenure scheme of 268 homes is to be delivered by Equans, which is the new brand name for the services-led divisions of global energy giant Engie.

Equans will deliver the scheme as part of a wider consortium, which includes Cheshire West & Chester Council, the Riverside Group and public sector partnership vehicle QWest.

The consortium has secured support from Homes England’s £450m local authority accelerated construction funding programme to deliver the project.

Homes will be available for open market sale, shared ownership, and affordable rent. Riverside will be responsible for 100 affordable homes, 43 rent-to-buy and 53 shared ownership.

The LAAC programme was launched to help unlock public land and increase the speed of delivery on local authority housing schemes across England.

The Winsford development includes the creation of new ponds and seven new grass playing pitches for the community; as well as a new footpath that will link to wider areas of Winsford.

Tim Wood, regional managing director at Equans UK & Ireland, said: “Sustainability and modern construction methods are at the core of this scheme and the heart of our business strategy – as we look to support our partners embrace the energy transition we face and work towards a net zero carbon future.”

At the beginning of July, Engie announced the creation of Equans, bringing together its global service activities, including technical services, facilities management, renewable energy, and regeneration under one umbrella.

The contract win follows a £16m project secured by Engie in Winsford in December 2020.

Equans Winsford Drone Image 1

The site will house upgraded playing pitches as well as housing. Credit: Equans

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