The handing over of an engraved trowel marked the completion of a major housing programme in South Kesteven which saw 13 new homes built this year.
Representatives from Woodhead Construction joined senior officers and councillors at the event in South Kesteven District Council’s chamber, marking the completion of three projects carried out by the company.
Leader of the council Linda Neal, who accepted the trowel on behalf of the authority, said: “All of the completed sites look fantastic and are a welcome increase in the housing resource available to the council and our tenants. We are thrilled with the work carried out by Woodhead.
“This is a much needed addition to our housing stock. These properties are particularly vital as they are of a smaller size than the bulk of our properties to help us to meet current legislation and the needs of our residents.”
The completed projects include new properties on Sandon Road and Thames Road in Grantham and Glen Crescent in Stamford.
Michael Broadhurst, project co-ordinator for Woodhead Living, said: “This project was procured through the empa Minor Works Framework and it has been a privilege for Woodhead to be part of such a fantastic social housing scheme in South Kesteven, the first new homes in the area for a decade.
“For us a project like this isn’t just about the bricks and mortar, it’s about the wider social impact we can bring. We aim to source as many materials as possible from the local area, as well as working alongside local sub contractors to help reinvest back into the surrounding community.
“It is also important for us to provide opportunities for young people in and around the area to find out more about the benefits of careers in construction. Our projects in Grantham and Stamford have enabled us to offer hands on work experience opportunities and site visits to dozens of local students throughout our time on site as part of our Building to Inspire a Generation Initiative.”
In addition, properties have been built on East Avenue by Lindum Group and work has started on 20 new properties in Lincoln Road, Stamford, with project completion expected before the summer. Work is being carried out by Balfour Beatty.
These will be eight single bedroom apartments, eight two bedroom houses, two three bedroom houses and two four bedroom houses.
The development will include a relocation and re-vamp of the play equipment which is currently in place.
High energy performance in all building projects is a key factor, providing affordable warmth for residents, and all should meet ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards; suitable for tenants of all ages and with ease of access for those with a disability or requiring wheelchair access.
Once the work on Lincoln Road is complete SKDC will have provided an extra 33 homes throughout the district.