Leading regeneration business Vistry Partnerships has secured a £22.5m contract with social housing provider Stonewater to construct 152 affordable homes in Horsforth near Leeds.
The plans will regenerate the former Leeds City College, known as the Horsforth Campus , which has lain redundant since it closed in June 2017.
The 100% affordable homes site will play a major role to ease local housing demand; Horsforth has the highest level of housing demand across the City of Leeds.
The new homes include a range of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes suitable for local families, with a significant number built to support independent living needs. The development will be gas-free, with each home fitted with air source heat pumps, a sustainable and environmentally friendly heating method.
The plans will also help to create new green spaces for the use of residents, including a new natural area to protect and enhance local ecology, as well as additional tree planting and the cultivation of habitats for local wildlife.
The scheme has been developed in partnership with planning consultancy WYG and Brewster Bye Architects.
Commenting, Andrew Poyner, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire, said:
“We are delighted to once again be working with Stonewater to build these quality, new affordable homes for the local community. As a regeneration business, we specialise in transforming redundant, brownfield sites into vibrant new communities, and the Horsforth Campus is a classic example of such a project. We’re looking forward to getting work underway and working closely with Stonewater and the Council throughout the project.”
Chris Montague, Director of Development (North and East) at Stonewater, added: “Working in partnership with Vistry Partnerships, the regeneration of this derelict site into a high-quality development will provide more local families and individuals with a place that they are proud to call home, whilst also contributing to this thriving community.
“Horsforth is a very sought-after area that in recent years has driven significant price increases and a strong demand for more affordable housing. We’re proud to be playing our part in supporting the Council with alleviating housing demand and look forward to seeing work start on site.”
Legal Adviser to Vistry Partnerships Limited was a team from Squire Patton Boggs, led by Edward Forth. Legal Adviser to Luminate Education Group was a team from Eversheds Sutherland International LLP, led by Charlotte Tanikal. Legal adviser to Stonewater Limited was a team from Clarke Wilmott LLP, led by Stephen Harper.