New family homes completed, with a special nod to 100 years of council housing

Thirteen new council houses have been completed, as Bulwell families move into their new homes.

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and contractor Robert Woodhead Ltd developed the homes off of Aldgate Close in Bulwell, on behalf of Nottingham City Council.

The new homes, which were built on the derelict site of a former care home, have now transformed the area and the road has been renamed in honour of 100 years of council housing.

These 13 properties were just some of the homes being built in 2019, which marked the centenary of councils being given the powers to build social housing. In honour of this, the new homes now sit on the newly named – Centenary Close.

The two, three and four bedroom family homes, have been built to high energy efficiency standards and offer warm, secure and affordable modern homes.

These new homes are the latest of the Building a Better Nottingham developments in the north of the city.

Daniel Birch, who moved into the home with his family, said: “It’s amazing living here, especially with kids. Our old property we lived on the top floor, we didn’t have a garden, no lifts and it was a nightmare with kids. So it’s just great for my kids to be playing in the garden now.”

NCH and contractors Robert Woodhead Ltd joined Nottingham City Council, children from Rufford Primary School, St John’s Church and local residents to officially open the homes and unveil the new name for the road.

So far NCH has built nearly 600 new council homes for local people, and is expected to work on nearly 50 more this year.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive for Nottingham City Homes, said: “These homes on Centenary Close were just some of the ones being built in an important year for us.

“We are working to continue what was started 100 years ago and our commitment to building council houses is stronger than ever. We are proud to create homes that local people are proud to live in – they are warm, secure and modern and they are houses that Nottingham people can afford to live in and they are let to local families.”

Cllr Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham’s council housing story is an important part in the city’s past, present and future. I’m really proud that we are marking the start of that journey by naming our newest build, Centenary Close.

“Affordable, good quality council housing is as important now as it was a hundred years ago, and together with Nottingham City Homes and other partners we’re developing a mix of properties across the whole city, from much-needed family housing to bungalows, flats and independent living schemes. Helping people on the housing waiting list remains a priority for the City Council, which is why we have made a commitment to build or buy 1,000 council or social homes for rent over the next four years”.

Tom Woodhead, Director at Woodhead Group said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of yet another successful project in partnership with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council. We continue to be committed to delivering quality new homes in Nottingham, working closely with the community in creating a better experience for all.”

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