A SCHEME to build 40 new homes in Bulwell’s Highbury Road area has made history.
The development by leading specialist builders Keepmoat is the first in Nottingham to win the national Building For Life gold standard.
The mix of two, three and four-bedroom affordable homes will get 10 per cent of its energy from renewable sources.
The development will be called Riverside View after Bulwell residents were invited to submit suggestions for the name.
Work began this week on building the properties on the site of the old Latimer Close open space. The scheme includes a new park and new roads.
Nottingham City Council has provided the land and has attracted more than £900,000 of Growth Point Grant funding towards the cost.
Keepmoat will be responsible for selling the properties on completion.
The new park will be located in front of the development and will replace the old under-used park on Latimer Close, which was sometimes targeted for anti-social behaviour. The development is due to be completed by early 2014.
City council member Coun David Liversidge (Lab) said: “This is one of a number of brownfield (previously used) sites which we have earmarked to help tackle the need for more family housing in the city by providing more affordable homes for sale.
“In a climate of depression and market stagnation, Riverside View and similar projects help to attract external investment and provide business opportunities for local suppliers and manufacturers. They also boost employment and training opportunities.”
Keepmoat’s managing director, Paul Degg, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred developer for this exciting project in Bulwell.”
n OUR PHOTO shows the groundbreaking ceremony at the Keepmoat scheme.