Brighter Horizons

Rochdale council housing completed

Brighter Horizons, a charitable subsidiary of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, has completed the first phase of a new-build programme in Kirkholt.

The six new bungalows were designed by architects Pozzoni and will be followed by a further three bungalows as well as 25 three-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses. There will be a mixture of homes for sale, rent and shared ownership. These are the first new homes built at the estate since it was completed in the 1940s.

Gareth Swarbrick, chief executive of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the council's arm's length management organisation, said: "The completion of our first new build in Kirkholt is an important milestone for the area itself and for Brighter Horizons. In 2010 our Brighter Kirkholt scheme received the biggest general needs HCA funding allocation in the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities region. It is exciting to see our plans take shape and become a reality."

The build programme totals £4.1m, including a £2.32m grant from the Homes & Communities Agency and borrowing from Rochdale Council.

It is anticipated that the next property handover will be in March 2012 with the entire scheme completed in August 2012.

The development team is comprised of contractor Southdales, Great Places Housing Group as development agent, Kevin Shea Associates as employers agent, Pozzoni Architects and Trevena Blake as structural engineers.

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