First new build council homes in Brentwood for 25 years completed
Brentwood Mayor Cllr William Russell and Cllr Chris Hossack, Chair of Community, Health & Housing cut a ribbon on October 27th to officially mark the completion of the first new build council properties in Brentwood for 25 years.
The three new homes were constructed on a disused garage site by Borras’ Residential Division who, working with consultants Frankham, initially set up site in March 2017.
Now complete the development has been named Magdalen Terrace, this is to incorporate the new builds with their surrounding neighbours in Magdalen Gardens, and reflect the continuation of the terraced properties.
Constructed using timber frames all the properties boast 3 bedrooms, ample parking and welcoming living and dining space looking out onto generous gardens, future residents were also in attendance to have an excited look around before their imminent move in date.
Brentwood Mayor Cllr William Russell (left) and Cllr Chris Hossack, Chair of Community, Health and Housing cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening
Prior to the ribbon cutting Cllr Chris Hossack said a few works regarding the achievement:
‘We know Brentwood has a rising population and a need to provide additional housing but at the same time it is important we protect the green belt. That’s why we have to pick on sites like this, we have lots of pockets of scruffy old garage sites, derelict land, anti-social behaviour hot-spots and look what we have instead of that now, and i just think that is fantastic.
I would like to thank the builders Borras, James who has been on site overseeing this, I’ve got to say they look fantastic, I love the design and I think it is a fantastic development. Thank you to you and your team who have put the back breaking work into making it happen.’
The project team at the opening, from left to right: David Little (Borras Site Manager), George Perceval (Borras Surveyor), James Curley (Borras Site Manager), Abbey Olowosyo (Brentwood Council maintenance team), Lauren Kealey (Tenant Participation Coordinator), Chris Hossack (Chair of Community, Health & Housing), Angela Williams (Head of Housing), Cliff Poppy (Vice Chair of Community, Health & Housing) and Don Stevenson (Frankham Consultancy Group)
This success will soon be followed up with the delivery of a further 4 properties half a mile away at Fawters Close. The bungalows, which are adapted for residents aged 65+ are part of the same project and will be completed and handed over in the coming weeks.
Namely good day-today communication and a degree of flexibility on both sides to allow the work to develop at pace while being sensitive to all health and safety measures and the needs of a working school with over 200 staff and pupils on site.
Gareth Jones – Principal
Avanti School, Edgware
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