This YORbuild2 facilitated scheme for Hull City Council saw four contractors work with the Council to design and build housing for 10 sites across the city. Houlton were awarded two sites on the Longhill estate and a total of new 9 bungalows. We engaged Mark Thomas at ERI&F as our design partner having previously delivered the award winning Shannon Road scheme for Hull City Council.
Cllr John Black, Hull City’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, announced the start of the city’s latest plans to deliver new Council homes which will see small sites developed, providing 150 to 250 new council homes for rent over the next three to five years. The new homes will contribute to the 620 new homes a year which were identified as required to meet housing need in Hull’s Local Plan.
Phase one of the programme will comprise 39 homes. The first of these smaller development sites is at Beckington Close, Longhill where Houlton is building three, two-bedroom bungalows. Our second site is on land west of Plym Grove, Hull where a further six, two-bedroom bungalows are under construction. Both are within a 10-minute walk of each other.
We are using traditional methods of construction to the external envelope up to wall plate and have introduced a ‘smart roof system’ for the main roof areas to demonstrate modern methods of construction can be accommodated in traditional methods to improve the thermal efficiency of domestic dwellings.
Launching the new programme, Cllr Black said: “These small sites lend themselves to building bungalows. New, smaller homes like these are needed in the city so that people can choose to downsize and thereby free up much needed larger, family homes.”
The bungalows, have been designed to be adaptable to people’s long term needs.
The sites identified for small scale development are particularly suited to local contractors and their supply trades - such as Houlton. In keeping with the council’s commitment to improving the city’s skill base and employability, this local aspect helps provide training and jobs for local people, and enables them to have a role in building the homes the city needs.
Cllr Black concluded: “Our housebuilding programme is ambitious and radical. We are transforming neighbourhoods like Ings, Preston Road and Hawthorn Avenue into sought after residential areas. We offer well-built quality homes across a choice of tenure and this smaller sites programme is another example of our commitment to provide homes which reflect the needs and aspirations of our residents.”
Andrew Kingston - Managing Director said: 'Houlton are extremely proud to be part of the Invest Hull initiative delivering our two schemes for the small sites programme in our home town of Hull and appreciate the efforts of the whole team in managing the design stages during the difficult period of lockdown. The homes will complement the existing street scene and will provide essential bungalow units for the East Hull Area’.