Award winning company Galliford Try Partnerships – named Contractor of the Year by Builder and Engineer magazine in 2012 – will construct up to 130 new homes in Eckington and Killamarsh.
This is the first time in many years new Council homes have been built in the district and work is expected to start this summer with the first properties ready to move into by the end of the year.
The ambitious scheme is part of a joint project between North East Derbyshire District Council and Rykneld Homes to regenerate older housing stock and secure its long term future.
Councillor Betty Hill, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “We are very proud to be building more Council homes in our district, especially at a time of national housing shortage.
“We are also delighted to be working with Galliford Try Partnerships which has such an excellent reputation in the housing sector.
“The support of tenants and residents has been a very important part of this scheme and we look forward to the day when they are able to move into their new, modern homes.”
The £10.5m scheme involves the demolition of 94 post war, concrete panel construction bungalows – known as ‘Tarrans’ - across the two sites, to be replaced with around 129 properties.
The existing bungalows are in Pitt Street and Pipeyard Lane at Eckington, and The Bungalows off Sheffield Road in Killamarsh.
They are a defective construction type built following the Second World War, which have serious long term structural problems. Tenants also find them hard and expensive to heat.
Cllr Nigel Barker, Chair of Rykneld Homes, added: "The partnership between Rykneld Homes and the Council will not only see new homes built in Eckington and Killamarsh but also result in hundreds of other homes throughout the district undergoing vital regeneration works to secure their future.”
James Warrington, Operations Director of Galliford Try Partnerships Central, said: “We have an excellent track record in delivering high quality affordable housing for local communities and we look forward to working with North East Derbyshire Council and Rykneld Homes on what will be a significant investment in local housing for the area."