Hightown Housing Association breaks ground of affordable homes project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 26 Nov 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Hightown Housing Association has broken ground on the second phase of Heart of Maylands project in Hemel Hempstead, UK.

Located off Wood Lane End, the project is part of the company’s plans to construct more than 1,200 affordable homes in the next two years.

The second phase of the development will include construction of 158 new affordable homes for affordable rent and shared ownership. It will also include three commercial units.

The new homes will comprise 132 one- and two-bedroom apartments and 26 two- and three-bedroom homes.

The homes for rent will be given for people who are in need for homes and nominated by Dacorum Borough Council, while the shared ownership properties will be given to aspiring homeowners.

The first phase of the project, named Maylands Plaza, is located opposite Hightown's central office on Maylands Avenue.

The project delivered 130 new homes and 10 shops.

Construction work of the second phase project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Hightown Housing Association CEO David Bogle said: “I am proud that we're able to deliver our largest ever development on our own site and in our hometown of Hemel Hempstead, where Hightown was formed over 50 years ago.

“There is a real need for more affordable housing to house local people and key workers who are priced out of the market and we are committed to building as many homes at below market rates as we can.
“The second phase of this project will give local people an opportunity to live in modern, new, energy efficient homes in the 'Heart of Maylands'.”

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Groundbreaking ceremony at Heart of Maylands Phase 2 project. Credit: Hightown Housing Association 2016.

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