Borras Delivering More New Build Homes Than Ever

Recent years have seen Borras’ Social Housing Divisions’ work load shift to include more new build housing than ever before, deviating from years gone by when maintenance and decent homes contracts made up the large majority of our housing portfolio.

2015 saw Borras deliver a record high 36 new build properties. These included 18 homes in Harlow, the first council properties built in the town since the 1980’s. The £2.7m scheme transformed three separate redundant or underused garage sites into new build terraced and semi-detached properties for families on the housing register.

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Fesants Croft, 7 of the new properties delivered as part of the Harlow Pathfinder Scheme.

The transformation of underutilised land is becoming more common as local authorities are experiencing greater pressure to provide new homes. Reforms to the planning system and schemes like Help to Buy have contributed to the number of new-build homes being built in England to hit a seven year high, according to figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The increase in demand continues to influence the projects we are delivering. Borras Social Housing Manager Andy Clubb says the shift has been clear to see, “the worsening housing crisis, particularly in London, has forced the government to take action and adjust their policy. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of new build tenders we are receiving and submitting. Just a few years ago Borras had little to no new build experience, but can now boast an impressive portfolio of schemes, including many infill/brownfield developments”.

This change is also reflected by the fact our current projects on site include over 50 new build properties, including:

Borras began on site in Haringey in November 2015 following the award of 3 separate design and build contracts to construct the first council homes in the Borough for more than 25 years. The project, which is on behalf of Haringey Council, involves the construction of 11 houses and 19 flats across 7 infill sites and is due for completion in March 2017.

Our £3.3m project in Lovell Road, on behalf of the London Borough of Ealing will see 20 properties, comprised of 2 houses and 2 three storey apartment blocks, constructed on a former garage site.

Borras Managing Director Mike Howlett and Councillor Alan Strickland (Housing & Regeneration) on site at one of the Haringey sites (left) and the Lovell Road scheme in progress (right).

Borras have been on site in Cuffley since September 2015 constructing a development of 4 chalet bungalows. Space for the four and five bedroom-detached properties was created following the demolition of an existing house. Completion is scheduled for Autumn 2016.

Roof works in progress on the properties in Cuffley

We are delighted to have also recently been awarded a £1.2m scheme to design and construct 6 affordable rental homes for The London Borough of Redbridge. Construction on the Chigwell site is due to begin soon and anticipated to last 37 weeks.

See what else our Social Housing Division have been delivering recently on our latest projects page here.


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