The £5.2mn housing scheme has been delivered in partnership with regeneration and construction specialist, Countryside Partnerships North East, on a brownfield site which had laid dormant for more than two decades. It will help to alleviate the high demand for rental properties in the area.
The high-quality homes, all of which will be available as affordable rent, include a mix of two and three-bedroom houses and one-bedroom apartments.
Julie Gray, Riverside’s Head of Development, said: “We understand it is a financially challenging time and are dedicated to helping individuals and families find suitable high-quality accommodation in which to settle down.
“Through this new Maria Street development, we’re delighted to offer affordable properties to people in the Benwell community and to have supported in the shortage of rental homes in the area.
“This development marks another milestone in Riverside’s journey towards building more affordable homes for communities over the next decade and has marked a further success in our partnership work with Countryside Partnerships, which has done an incredible job in transforming what was a vacant and challenging site.
“We want to thank them, Newcastle City Council and Homes England, for assisting us in breathing fresh life into this site, to create homes that mean there are 59 households no longer waiting for somewhere to live.”
Dave Brown, Managing Director, Countryside Partnerships North East, added: “We are delighted to have completed construction and to have handed over these high-quality new homes to Riverside. This project is delivering much needed affordable housing in the west end of Newcastle.
“Not just a building project for Countryside Partnerships, this scheme has seen us identify the site, unlock its viability and potential, acquire the land and secure planning consent – all before clearing the site and constructing these new properties for Riverside.
“By adopting a creative approach to regeneration and development – and working in partnership with bodies such as Homes England, local authorities and specialist housing providers – we have a proven track record of delivering successful outcomes on long overlooked brownfield sites like these.”
Riverside is one of the leading registered providers of social housing in the UK and is committed to building more affordable homes in the region.
Riverside has a long history in Newcastle and owns over 1,200 homes across the city.
Countryside Partnerships North East is currently active on 12 construction sites around the North East region with a gross development value of just over £440mn and is working with eight housing associations and seven local authorities.
Formerly known locally as Vistry Partnerships North East, a national merger between Vistry Group and Countryside Partnerships last year, saw a rebrand and change of name. Work on North East projects has continued unaffected and it has been very much business as usual.