As a sign of the times in the housing sector, construction of a 33 apartment purpose-built housing project catering for the elderly in Flint has started.
2013 saw a real year of progress for the fortunes of the housing and estate sector throughout North Wales and this new initiative looks like maintaining that momentum into 2014.
Situated on the former lands of the Delyn Council Offices, the four-storey high accommodation will cost an estimated £3.3 million as work progresses on the construction by a firm from Rhyl by the name of Anwyl Construction.
The aim of the build is to provide sustainable housing which has the amenities for extensive heating throughout the apartments. As North Wales can drop to difficult temperatures for the older generations during winter time, it’s a necessary step that will be achieved through thorough insulation and high-end gas boilers.
This project is the second collaboration between Anwyl and Wales & West Housing who worked together to create an £8.5 million complex for a similar purpose in Mold and are aiming to complete another based in Wrexham which comes to a cost of £15 million.
Project co-ordinator Simon Rose has said: “The new building will be very advanced now with some great features and will exceed current sustainability standards. It is scheduled for completion in mid-February 2015.
“We also have to take into account designing to lifetime homes standards and they will be ideal for over-55s with each apartment including features such as level access showers.”
The Contracts Director of Anwyl Construction, Tom Anwyl said: “We are delighted to be working with Wales & West on another major social housing project in North East Wales.
“Their commitment to providing much-needed social housing has provided a lifeline for the construction industry in North East Wales in recent times and been a source of jobs and apprenticeships.
“They share our commitment to ensuring that these contracts use local sub-contractors and supply chains so that they benefit the local economy and together we encourage those sub-contractors to take on apprentices to ensure a strong and skilled local workforce.”
Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Helen Brown, summed it up best when she stated: “Developments like this are essential to help support affordable homes and Flintshire County Council is committed to providing affordable housing throughout the area.
“The partnership of the Council, Welsh Government, Wales & West Housing and Anwyl is a great example of agencies working together for the benefit of local residents.”