Higgins appointed to build 120 new homes in England

WCN Editorial Team 26 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Sanctuary Housing Association’s development arm Sanctuary Homes has selected Higgins to design and construct 120 new homes in Great Wakering, Southend-on-Sea, England.

Worth £24.5m, the contract will see Higgins build 120 new homes consisting of 110 houses and a range of apartments of different sizes and tenures to help meet the local needs. 

The project is expected to include houses and apartments with one-, two-, three- and four-bedrooms. The homes will be available for outright purchase or via flexible shared ownership, Sanctuary Housing Association stated.

Higgins said that the buildings will be constructed to complement the local area with dark roofs with brick and occasional rendered walls and will comply with the Rochford DC Housing Design SPD Jan 2007 and The Essex Design Guide.

Higgins managing director Steve Leakey said: “We are really pleased to be appointed by Sanctuary Homes to provide brand new homes at Barrow Hall Road. We have a wealth of experience providing high-quality housing and creating mixed-tenure developments that are inspiring, safe and enhance the local community. We look forward to starting on site in the coming months.”

To be located off the Barrow Hall Road in Great Wakering, the project will also include a play area and publicly accessible open spaces along with new pedestrian and cycleway linking the Southend Road with the Barrow Hall Road.

The homes are expected to have a sustainable drainage system, which will include open swales, ponds and basins. The public open space will include a large wet feature which will serve as an attenuation pond, encouraging diverse wildlife. 

The plan will also include a pumping station, which will mostly be underground and hidden from view. 

The development will include formal and informal landscaping to provide a variety of differing ‘character’ areas including formal squares and a boulevard along the primary highway. 

Higgins also plans to include Hedgerows both within the site and beyond to create ‘ecological corridors’ to support the local wildlife. 

Sanctuary South development head Sarah Brind said: “We’re delighted to be working with Higgins to deliver these much-needed new homes and strengthen our commitment to boosting the local housing market.

“The development will help address local housing needs, with a variety of homes available for affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale.”


Artist’s rendering of the new 120 homes to be built in Great Wakering. (Credit: Higgins Construction PLC.)

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