Ocon wins social housing project

Manchester-based Ocon Construction has landed a £1.16m contract to build an 18-unit residential scheme in Warrington for Muir Group Housing Association.

Manor Lock will contain seven three-bedroom houses and 11 one-bedroom apartments for affordable rental in the Latchford area. The design and build programme is expected to take 11 months to complete.

Constructed on a brownfield site, formerly occupied by a social club, the scheme involves traditional brick and masonry construction and has been designed to Code Three for Sustainable Homes standard.

The houses will each feature front garden areas and some will have rear gardens with communal landscaped areas for the remainder. Nine of the 11 apartments will be located in a central three-storey block with the remaining two located above a drive-through archway that will form the entrance to the development.

John Baggaley, Ocon's project manager, said: "This is a significant scheme for Ocon as it demonstrates that our skills and experience in the student accommodation sector are transferable to the mainstream residential sector. Our expertise in building high quality residential units to tight construction deadlines makes us ideally placed to deliver projects in the social housing sector and we have been able to offer a complete turnkey solution for Muir Group, developing the designs to value engineer the scheme while providing excellent homes for the client's tenants."

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