Huge investment in affordable homes across Wearside

Wednesday, 16th October 2019

An architect’s drawing of how the central parkland on the completed development could look, subject to planning approval.

This is the new mixed tenure development Karbon Homes is putting forward in North Hylton, Sunderland – part of a major £44 million investment by the housing association in the city to build nearly 300 new homes.

Karbon is working with Sunderland City Council and Homes England to bring the £20m North Hylton site to fruition, aiming to develop 105 new affordable homes to meet the housing needs of the local community.

We have worked alongside IDPartnership architects on the masterplan for the former Sunderland College campus.

The architects have responded to the Sunderland City Council brief to create a high quality, distinct neighbourhood which integrates into the surrounding area. 

If approved, the homes will be built using both traditional construction and modern methods, including light gauge steel for the frames, making these homes quicker and easier to build than conventional ‘bricks and mortar’ construction.

The intention is to create a mixed tenure, mixed demographic neighbourhood focused around a linear park running down the centre of the site, including a Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDS) scheme.

The site will be landscaped to a high standard to incorporate opportunities for informal play and recreation.

The North Hylton site is expected to play a vital role in providing homes for workers on the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in nearby Washington, close to the giant Nissan factory on the A19.

Karbon has worked closely with Portland Consulting Engineers and surveyors Elliott Associates on the North Hylton project.

The completed homes will be a mix of Rent to Buy and Affordable Rent properties.

Subject to planning approval being secured, Karbon wants to start work on the new homes early in 2020. The development will be built in phases.

Ged Walsh, director of development and asset management at Karbon Homes, said: “This project represents a significant commitment from us to developing affordable, high quality homes in the city of Sunderland.

“Adding together this project in North Hylton, alongside the further seven sites in our programme, Karbon Homes and its partners are looking to build nearly 300 homes in Sunderland, and we look forward to bringing all these projects to fruition.”

Karen Anderson, from Homes England, said “It is great to be supporting Karbon Homes to deliver these homes that will create an intergenerational community – with housing options for people at different life stages – in an accessible location and close to future employment opportunities.

“Homes England wants to work with ambitious partners working on place making and this is a great example, transforming a derelict college site into high quality homes in a well-designed environment.”

Ian Murray, an architect working on the North Hylton project for IDP, said: “IDPartnership is delighted to be working with Karbon Homes on the delivery of a new neighbourhood on the site of the former North Hylton College.

“Focused around a high quality landscape setting, the project utilises both traditional building techniques alongside ‘modern methods of construction’ to provide a diverse mix of contemporary housing, creating a sustainable community for all ages.”

Beyond the 105 homes at North Hylton, Karbon has recently submitted a planning application for 38 new homes in Houghton le Spring.

Elsewhere in the city of Sunderland the housing association is currently on site with the following projects:

Chaple Garth                              16 homes

Cheadle Road                             19 homes

Dubmire School, Fencehouses   17 homes

 

In addition to these projects, Karbon has recently completed the following developments:

Handley Way, Ryhope                 46 homes

Foundry Court, Shiney Row         24 homes

Greeve Mews, Newbottle             17 homes

Redmond Road                            10 homes

 

TOTAL                                          149 homes