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NEWS: Self Architects design trio of Yorkshire social housing projects

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Three social housing projects, designed by Self Architects and White Design, have been completed providing nearly 50 new homes in West Yorkshire.

The Sheffield based practice designed a range of two and three-bedroomed houses for client WDH which are being offered for rent or sale on a shared ownership basis.

Building contractors have just finished 22 new homes on the site of WDH’s former depot at Austin Road in Airedale. The development is a mixture of three-bedroom homes and two-bedroom flexible bungalows, all for affordable rent.

The innovative bungalow designs allow living on one floor with an additional bedroom and bathroom on the upper floor, to support flexible living if needed.

Self and White Design also designed 16 two-storey, semi-detached properties with gardens and parking on the site of a former independent living development on Sparable Lane and Sugar Lane, Wakefield.

A further eight, two-bedroomed shared ownership houses have also been completed for WDH on Kirkham Avenue, Kirkhamgate.

Self and White Design is based in Sheffield with offices in London and Leeds. It is part of the Trebbi family of companies that all operate within the construction industry to provide a complete suite of multi-disciplinary building consultancy services.

Director Martyn Smith said: “We have a long-standing and much valued relationship with WDH and are delighted to be designing new, sustainable homes to cater for the local housing need in Yorkshire.

“As a practice we have a track record of working in conjunction with local authorities and social housing providers like WDH to deliver modern and flexible designs which meet a real and growing need.”

The practice has also designed 30 more homes in two further schemes for WDH. The first of 14, two-bedroomed flexible bungalows for rent at Springfields, Wakefield, should be complete by the end of June. Work has also started on 16 two, three and four-bedroomed homes for shared ownership due for completion in December.

WDH has so far invested around £170 million on building or buying 1,500 new homes and is currently developing 220 new homes under the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) Affordable Housing Programme (AHP).

Andy Wallhead, WDH’s Investment Director said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer these quality new homes as part of our expanding homes profile. Demand for all homes remains high but we have seen a significant increase in the number of people wanting new, efficient properties. We are pleased to be able to deliver this kind of product in these high demand areas.”

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