Festive celebrations at first building company homes

08 December 2014
Lee Taylor, External Contracts Manager receiving a 'Thank you' gift from Board Member Tom Daly.

Residents at Ivy Close in Hyde are ready for Christmas at their new development of nine houses which are the first to be built in-house by New Charter Building Company.

They celebrated by joining New Charter, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds and partners for hot drinks and treats at an event on Friday 5 December. Father Christmas also made a special appearance.

The two and three bedroom houses have driveways, gardens and energy saving technology to help tenants save money on their fuel bills.

Tenants Leoni Gallagher and Daniel Royle have moved into Ivy Close with their son Harley who is almost seven months old.

Leoni said: “This is our first home away from our parents so it’s great for us and our new family. We feel very lucky to have a new build and our neighbours are really friendly with kids at a similar age.”

The development is a significant milestone for New Charter Building Company as this is the first housing scheme it has completed since it was accredited by the National House Building Council earlier this year.

The homes have been part funded by New Charter and the Homes and Communities Agency and will be available at affordable rent prices.

Bat boxes have also been put up at the development to encourage wildlife to the area.

Andy Stafford, Executive Director of Homes at New Charter said: “The opening of Holland Road is very exciting for families who have a new home before Christmas and for the company because it’s the start of a new chapter as house-builders.

“The accreditation we received earlier in the year means we can build homes for New Charter and other housing developers and it’s recognition that our work meets very high standards set by the Government.”

Jonathan Reynolds MP said: “These are great homes that have been built in-house by local people and apprentices and it’s a really positive occasion for the area. We need more homes and the use of land on this development is fantastic.”

The Ivy Close homes are being delivered as part of the JV North consortium and the next scheme to be built by the New Charter Building Company is Armadale Road in Dukinfield, Tameside.

The scheme has been designed by Liverpool-based John McCall Architects.

Director at John McCall Architects, Dave Smith, added: “This forgotten land has been transformed into a stunning mews court development creating nine wonderful new homes that add great value to the local area.

“We took a fabric first approach to this project, heavily insulating the properties to make them warm homes that won’t use a lot of fuel, which is vital as we help address fuel poverty.

“It has been a great success and a real team effort that demonstrates what can be achieved through close partnership working and the smiles on the residents’ faces makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

To find out more about partnership opportunities with New Charter Building Company, call 0161 331 2754.