The scheme had been valued at £28m last year. Credit: Triangle Architects

Onward starts on 161-home Tameside regen

Rowlinson Construction has begun work building the Hattersley Central project, which includes 91 extra care apartments.

Hattersley Central encompasses four brownfield sites, mostly located off Hattersley Road East and Melandra Crescent. They total nearly eight acres. Altogether, it will see Onward delivering 161 homes, of which 55 will be designated affordable rent and 15 set aside for shared ownership.

All of the homes were designed by Triangle Architects.

Sandy Livingston, executive director of property at Onward, said: “Hattersley Central will provide much-needed affordable homes and later living for local people at the heart of our community. Our partners Rowlinson have a wealth of experience delivering high-quality homes and neighbourhoods right across the region and we’re delighted to be spending our ‘Northern Pound’ effectively again in support of our regional supply chain.”

David Chilton, managing director at Rowlinson, also voiced his enthusiasm for the project.

“This scheme forms an important part of Hattersley’s ongoing development,” Chilton said. “We’re glad to be on site and delivering these quality new homes.

“Rowlinson’s track record in Tameside, and our recent successful delivery of extra care developments across Greater Manchester, will stand us in good stead on this significant housing scheme.”

Homes England provided part of the funding for the project, as did Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Brownfield Housing Fund – which contributed £3.22m.

The four sites of Hattersley Central are highlighted. Credit: via Onward

Construction has begun on the two smaller sites. The first sits south of Underwood Road and west of Melandra Crescent and was the former home of the Underwood Social Club. Onward is building three two-bedroom homes, ten three-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom ones on the site.

The second smaller site is located south of Melandra Crescent and will have three two-bedroom houses, four three-bedroom dwellings and two four-bedroom ones.

Work is set to begin on the two larger sites in the next few months. The sites are next to each other on nearly five acres of land bounded by Beaufont Road and Hattersley Road East and are divided up between the extra care home project and another residential scheme.

CGI showing the courtyard of the future extra care home. Credit: Triangle Architects

The extra care home will have 91 apartments, including two wheelchair-accessible one-bedroom flats and three wheelchair accessible two-bedroom ones. There would also be 58 other one-bed apartments and an additional 28 two-bed units.

The residential scheme features 36 houses and 10 two-bed bungalows. Of the houses, six will have two bedrooms, 14 will have three and 16 will have four bedrooms.

The project team for Hattersley Central included Scott Hughes on flood risk assessment and drainage strategy, The Environment Partnership on landscape design, JCA on arboriculture consultancy and SK Transport Planning as transport consultant. Wiplow was the planning consultant for the project.

Looking to learn more about Hattersley Central? The relevant planning application reference numbers with Tameside Council are 19/00618/FUL, 19/00555/FUL, 19/00556/FUL, and 19/00963/FUL.

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Great to see this scheme start on site.

By Helen Robinson

Interesting design. Maybe thinner, taller, split-level homes with three floors and attic space can retain heat in the colder months?? A smaller footprint may also cut down on sprawl.

By MrP

Mr P – before the war, this was by far the most common form of house in the UK. It’s only since Barratt/Redrow and other major housebuilders starting building their cookie-cutter ‘randomly-placed homes on formerly green fields’ approach that things changed. The terrace/tenement model is by far the most attractive, efficient, and popular house design for a number of reasons. We definitely need more of this housing type, and it’s good to see smaller developers like this who have infinitely more imagination than the major housebuilders (which isn’t difficult to be fair).

By Anonymous

Thank you for your reply, ive learned something from it!

By MrP

Are there still plans to build additional shops on the vacant land opposite Tesco in Hattersley?

By Chris

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