Hundreds of new affordable homes delivered in first months of Karbon Homes

Wednesday, 20th December 2017

As we approach the end of 2017, we are celebrating our achievements in development since Karbon was formed in April this year.

Celebrating the completion of 33 new homes at Lonnin Gardens in Pelton, County Durham are (front) Paul Fiddaman, chief executive of Karbon Homes, with (back L-R) Lee Francis, area director for main contractor Keepmoat Regeneration, Zoey Hawthorne and Steve Riding from Karbon Homes, who led the development of the new homes.

This adds up to investing more than £20m in the completion of over 200 affordable homes, and also beginning work on a further 600 new properties.

Chief executive Paul Fiddaman has been in Pelton, County Durham to inspect one of our impressive new schemes, a regeneration project to build 37 new homes.

This was an ambitious £3.5m regeneration project, built by specialist contractor Keepmoat Regeneration, involving the demolition of 36 small, one bed bungalows dating from the 1950s, to make way for 16 high specification family homes and 21 two bedroom bungalows, now known as Lonnin Gardens.

Mr Fiddaman met some of the new residents and toured the site with Lee Francis, area director for Keepmoat Regeneration – the main contractor behind the construction of the new homes.

Karbon Homes has set out a very ambitious development programme in the North East which will see the building of 2,400 new homes over the next four years – all helping to meet demand for high quality, affordable homes to serve the needs of local communities and the regional economy.

Work on the scheme, designed by the award winning JDDK Architects, was completed earlier this year.

The project was part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

The homes include energy efficient features such as high-quality insulation in the walls, window fittings and the roof, as well as energy efficient heating systems.

Paul Fiddaman said: “We are committed to building 2,400 new homes over the next four years, to provide the homes for rent and low-cost home ownership which our region needs to help build a stronger economy and allow people to lead successful lives.

“I’m really pleased with the pace we’re setting since Karbon was formed, to deliver new homes in our region.

“This project here in Pelton is a great example of the approach we take – by regenerating a site like this, where the homes were no longer fit for purpose, we have provided a smart new development of well insulated, high specification homes, where the residents can live comfortably with low running costs, and easy access to local amenities.”

 

Lee Francis, area director for Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group, said: “The regeneration of areas like this through the delivery of modern and affordable homes continues to be very popular with the communities in which we work.

“With the support of local authorities, and working closely with our partners, we identify the growing need and demand for new homes, whilst ensuring we maintain the longstanding community spirit across the areas where we work.

“Through attention to detail and a tailor-made approach to each site, the residents are offered the highest quality of life in affordable, new homes.”

Doreen Gordon, 77, has moved into one of the bungalows in Lonnin Gardens with her partner John Cullen, 78.

Doreen said she was really pleased with her new home, and it was great to be so close to her family – she has four daughters, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She said: “The bungalow has made life a lot easier for us. Not having stairs has made a big difference.

“Moving here has been an absolute godsend – my daughter says I never stop going on about it! It’s just wonderful.”