QSH, the affordable housing developer behind Bradford’s respected Chain Street regeneration, today raised a glass to celebrate completion of its new homes at the development.
Chain Street represents one of QSH’s largest redevelopment projects to date, with the new homes built as part of the second phase to transform the Goitside area of the city. As part of the phase one development, Incommunities delivered 16 family-sized homes for rent with the conversion of two blocks of bedsits and flats in the Chain Street area.
The housebuilder– Barnfield Construction – is delivering 32 high quality homes in total at the scheme – 12 of which have been earmarked for the private rented sector, with the first tenants now settling into their new homes. One remaining two bedroom home and the final few three bedroom homes are now available for long-term rent. The homes are being managed by the Bradford-based social housing group, Incommunities, for QSH.
Nicola Clayton, business development director at QSH, said: “Today marked the completion of our new homes at Chain Street, and a celebration of a successful partnership project between Bradford Council and Incommunities to deliver a unique regeneration project which saw the Goitside area come back to life after many years of neglect.
“But more than that, the delivery of Chain Street represents the start of a new chapter for the tenants who are settling into their new homes.
“At QSH, our role is to find new and innovative ways to fund this type of project which seeks to regenerate brownfield sites, whist our partner, Incommunities, is actively assisting tenants on the ground to let and manage the homes.”
The new homes at Chain Street offer high ceilings and larger than average windows, allowing light to flow through teach home. Each home presents a spacious open-plan kitchen and living areas with contemporary fitted kitchens and modern bathrooms featuring white sanitary ware and chrome accessories. All of the properties offer at least two double bedrooms and come with a parking space to the front of the property.
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for housing, transport and planning, said: “The completion of new homes at Chain Street represents a real milestone in the regeneration of Goitside. It’s lovely to see new tenants settling into their properties and for the first time in a long time, they have high quality, well designed homes they can truly be proud to call home.”
Geraldine Howley, Group Chief Executive of Incommunities, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with QSH, Bradford Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Barnfield Construction on the latest stage in the regeneration of the historic Chain Street and Goitside quarter.
“With the last four properties available to let, we would encourage any local residents who are looking to upsize to a larger property, or move into their own home to get in touch with our team without delay.”
The phase two Chain Street development is being supported by the Homes and Communities Agency and Bradford Council.
QSH specialises in building affordable homes with little or no government subsidy. In October 2015, QSH formed a joint venture between Octopus Investments, a fast-growing UK fund management company. Currently delivering a £200 million development pipeline, and with plans to invest far more in UK affordable housing, Octopus QSH is currently delivering affordable schemes across the UK.
If you would like to find out more about the Baptist Court homes, please contact Incommunities at [email protected] or call 01274 254127.