Handley Way

  • Client Karbon Homes
  • Location Ryhope, Sunderland
  • Contract Value £5.2m

Scheme overview

The £5.2m Handley Way design and build contract was constructed on behalf of Karbon Homes in Sunderland.

The development site, located on the former Grangetown Autos MOT Centre land, was originally identified by the team at Gus Robinson Developments and presented as an opportunity to Karbon Homes. It had outline planning consent for 27 new homes, however, the Gus Robinson Team identified an adjacent site with the potential to increase the site area allowing the development to expand to 46 new build properties, comprising of a mix of 3- and 4-bedroom homes.

The team entered negotiations with the adjacent landowner to create a larger and more comprehensive development. Once the agreements had been reached with both landowners, the Gus Robinson Team set about developing a planning application for the entire development site. Once planning was approved on the 22nd September 2017, work commenced on site on 23rd October 2017 and was completed on time and within the client’s budget set by 30th October 2019.

Gus Robinson’s Technical Team also planned for demolition and remediation works which were required for both sites. Following its demolition, the former MOT centre site was contaminated with shale left from the previous tenancy and the specialist team found asbestos in the rubble. Remediation works were completed after closely working with Environmental Health to ensure the site was safe but that all works did not threaten the client’s budget.  

A key outcome of the project was the work Gus Robinson Developments undertook with Sunderland City Council. The team carried out a Habitats Regulation Assessment to improve coastal access to the north side public footpath and to provide ecological enhancement to the surrounding areas to ensure there were no adverse impacts associated with the development. 

  • Sector Highways and Infrastructure
    New Build
  • Service Affordable Housing
  • Size 46 houses
  • Contract period January 2018 – August 2019
  • Architect NORR Consultants
  • Civil / structural engineers Portland Consulting Engineers
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