Construction underway

12th February 2020 | posted in News

Two organisations with a combined 260 years of building homes are working in partnership on a new £2.2 million affordable housing development in Darlington.


Railway Housing Association recently started work on a 16-home scheme in Barton Street.


The two-bedroom bungalows are being built on the Association’s behalf by T Manners & Sons Ltd, a family-run construction company based in Bishop Auckland which was formed in 1860.


Following our centenary year in 2019, this means the organisations have 260 years combined history between them.


Work on the development, which will be accessed via our award-winning scheme known as The Sidings off Haughton Road, is expected to be complete in June/July 2020. All the homes will then be let to people aged 60 and over.


Andrea Abbott, Railway Housing Association’s Director of Customer Services, said: “We’re delighted to be working with T Manners & Sons Ltd on our newest development in Darlington.


“Over the last 18 months, we have worked hard to provide a range of affordable homes for rent for a real cross section of the community, helping to meet this need in Darlington.


“The Sidings, our 73-home scheme which adjoins the new Barton Street development, provided homes for young people, families and older people, and this, along with our sympathetic restoration of a listed engine shed from 1844, was one of the areas singled out by judges when it won best housing development of the year in the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Housing Awards.


“The 16 homes we are now building will complement The Sidings and deliver high-quality older person’s accommodation in the centre of Darlington.”


Wayne Harris, Construction Director at T Manners, said: “This is our first development working for Railway Housing Association and we are proud to be working in partnership with them to deliver this scheme in Darlington.


“Like ourselves, they are an organisation with a long, proud history and a proven track record of delivering high quality housing developments.”


The development is costing £2.24 million, which includes £651,000 grant funding from Homes England, the national housing and regeneration agency.

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