Can you top this? Well Gateshead can!.
Work on seven new bungalows on the Millbrook estate in Gateshead reached a monumental conclusion at a recent topping out ceremony.
The new £800,000 scheme on a former sheltered accommodation site, will provide two-bed accommodation for residents and will be managed by The Gateshead Housing Company.
The bungalows are being built to level 4 of the government’s ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ standard, which means they will be more energy efficient, and will include roof panels that generate cost effective electricity.
Representatives from all three organisations recently visited the site to officially mark its completion.
Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The standards we are using to build these bungalows will ensure that they are among the most energy efficient in the borough, which will really help to keep running costs low.”
The Gateshead Housing Company’s Chief Executive, Bill Fullen, said: “This scheme is one of many across the borough as we continue to provide better housing opportunities in Gateshead.”
The scheme has been allocated £386,000 in funding from the HCA. “Warm, energy-efficient and less expensive to run bungalows like these can make a big difference in people’s retirement years,” said Brian Peel, the HCA’s head of area.
“Our role is all about helping local authorities and housing providers to make things happen in their own communities, and this is another great example of that local approach in action.”