WEARSIDE housing firm Gentoo has been chosen to spearhead a multi-million pound drive to build new homes across County Durham.
Around 190 new homes are to be built across various sites in Durham and Darlington after homes and communities organisation livin confirmed an investment of some £20million over the next three years.
Areas across the county, such as Ferryhill and Newton Aycliffe, will benefit from the new homes for affordable rent as well as private sale, with work at the first development location – the Oak Tree Pub site in Newton Aycliffe – expected to start in September.
The development will comprise eight two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent especially for people aged 55 and over.
Gentoo Construction was recently named as the preferred construction partner on a three-year framework to provide the new homes.
Wayne Harris, executive director property and development for livin, said both firms had a strong track record of supporting communities and providing education and training opportunities, meaning the new partnership would deliver more to the communities involved than a typical construction contract.
“We have a track record of building high quality, affordable new homes to meet the housing need and aspirations of our communities and recognise that investing in communities is integral to creating sustainable places to live and work,” he said.
Managing director of Gentoo Construction, Allan Thompson, added: “This is a huge win for us at Gentoo Construction, and we are delighted to be named as livin’s sole construction partner for the next three years.
“We look forward to delivering quality housing in Durham and embarking on a new partnership with livin.”