Work is well underway on £1.6m development for 14 new affordable homes in Gateshead by Keelman Homes

Work on a multi-million pound development to provide new affordable homes for local people in Gateshead is well underway.

Keelman Homes, a charitable partner of The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council, together with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) is investing £1.6m to create 14 new affordable homes at Tarlton Crescent, Felling; Strathmore Road, Deckham; and Kirkwood Gardens, Wardley.

The new homes include:

  • 8 new houses
  • 2 four bedroomed homes and
  • 6 three bedroomed homes
  • 6 flats
  • 5 two bedroomed homes and
  • 1 one bedroomed home

Cllr. Malcolm Graham, housing portfolio holder with Gateshead Council, said:

“It is fantastic to see this project is underway to help meet the ever increasing need for affordable homes in the area. I am sure they will be in great demand when they are completed.”

Brian Kelly, Board Chair of Keelman Homes, said:

“We have already seen the valuable work that Keelman Homes has delivered in Gateshead with the development of a major regeneration scheme in Kibblesworth, which provided over 150 new homes in the village.”

“Following that, we are pleased to be providing a range of new, affordable homes for families in other parts of the borough along with Gateshead Council and our other partners.”

Esh Property Services is carrying out the construction work on behalf of Keelman Homes and the HCA.

Graham Morgan, Operations Director for Esh Property Services explained:

“We’re delighted to be working with Keelman Homes to deliver these much needed homes and the three sites are progressing well.”

“Currently the roofs are going onto the new homes at Felling, the timber frames which make for highly efficient construction and energy efficient living space are being erected at Strathmore and drainage infrastructure works are underway at Kirkwood Gardens.”

“The new homes will include many energy-saving features including efficient boilers and very effective insulation which will help to keep running costs low, making the homes even more affordable.”

Esh Property Services has also been working closely with the local community including a visit to Falla Park Primary School with ‘Dudley’, Esh Property Services’ ‘stay safe’ elephant. Here the team explained to pupils about the dangers of playing on building sites.

The overall scheme is due to be completed by January 2015 and the new homes will be available for rent at affordable levels.

Anyone interested in applying for one of these new homes, visit www.tyneandwearhomes.org.uk or contact The Gateshead Housing Company’s Lettings Team on 0191 433 5345.