The £2.2m design and build contract on the former Foundry Farm site in Shiney Row near Houghton-le-Spring was constructed on behalf of Karbon Homes.
The development provided 24 fantastic new homes with a range of 1-bedroom apartments and 2- and 3-bedroom houses to cater for a wide range of needs. In 2019, the development was recognised for its exceptional quality at the LABC awards and was awarded Highly Commended in the Best Affordable Housing Scheme category.
The Gus Robinson Developments team identified the site, which had over the years become a blight on the local village with anti-social behaviour, drug misuse and litter. From the local consultation it was clear that the scheme which brought the brownfield land back into use, by providing much needed affordable housing, would be supported, and welcomed by both residents and the wider community. Further consultation with the local planning authority also supported the regeneration of the site.
The team prepared the planning application which was submitted 30th November 2016 with approval following on 10th March 2017. Work commenced on site on 8th May 2017 and was completed on time and within the client’s budget by 27th September 2018.
During construction, the specialist team at Gus Robinson unearthed the remains of the original foundry buildings, which were shown on the first edition of the OS maps. The team worked with the County Archaeologist at Archaeological Services in Durham to complete the excavation works and document the findings.
In addition, as part of the consultation process the team spoke with residents whose properties bounded the site and worked with them to provide new boundary fences to their properties to ensure they were safe and secure. This was seen as a significant benefit as the old garage building previously there was in a state of disrepair.