Gentoo sees £1billion pounds spent in Sunderland

(from left) Gentoo vice-chairman Ian Self, Mayor and Mayoress Coun Barry Curran and Mrs Carol Curran, John Craggs.
(from left) Gentoo vice-chairman Ian Self, Mayor and Mayoress Coun Barry Curran and Mrs Carol Curran, John Craggs.
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Gentoo has a billion reasons to celebrate the completion of its latest project.

The official opening of the Haddington Vale extra care housing scheme at Doxford Park sees the company invest its billionth pound in Sunderland.

We are proud our modernisation programmes, new build schemes and PV programmes have delivered wide spread benefits to the local economy, members of the community and the environment.

John Craggs

The massive investment includes the purchase of the city council’s housing stock in 2001, and its subsequent modernisation, building almost 2,000 new homes and fitting photovoltaic (PV) systems to more than 4,000.

Acting chief executive John Craggs said: “From day one we set out to deliver far more than bricks and mortar.

“We believed in our ability to create sustainable communities people would be proud to call home – where future generations could have the lifestyle they deserve.

“We are proud our modernisation programmes, new build schemes and PV programmes have delivered wide-spread benefits to the local economy, members of the community and the environment.

“Our investment and commitment doesn’t stop there. We are passionate about the delivery of excellent housing products and services like Haddington Vale, as well as making a lasting difference to society and the city.”

Haddington Vale is a £12.2million development that provides residents with a secure place to live, while allowing them to live independently in their own homes.

A total of 96 homes have been built as part of the development – 42 two-bedroom extra care and 40 two-bedroom elderly person apartments, available for rent, along with 14 bungalows, of which four are for rent and 10 for sale.