An official ground breaking ceremony has marked the start of work on 40 new affordable homes at Springhill in Berwick.
Not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing and partner Gentoo Construction are working on the scheme for a greenfield site next to the Highcliffe estate in Spittal.
They are building a mix of two and three bedroomed homes, including 10 bungalows for older people.
Dawn Keightley, group director of operations at Four Housing, said: “There has been a lot of work to get to this stage and this ground breaking ceremony marks an important milestone in ensuring more homes are available in Springhill.
“There is a requirement for more affordable accommodation in Berwick and we’re committed to meeting this housing need.
“Today people want modern safe homes to raise their families or enjoy their retirement. All the properties will be built to a high standard and will be in a place where people are proud to live.”
The scheme represents a £4.7million investment into the area, which has been part-funded with a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) worth £705,000.
Building work is expected to be completed in early 2015.
Robin Cairns, director of business development for Gentoo Construction added: “Gentoo Construction is delighted to have been appointed to this contract and we were pleased to attend the ground breaking ceremony.
“We’ve previously worked well with Four Housing on a successful major refurbishment contract in Berwick and we’re very much looking forward to building on this and continuing to work as an integrated business partner.”
When complete, the new homes will be available to customers under the affordable rent and shared ownership schemes offered by Four Housing.
There will be a new access road off the A1167.
It could eventually be part of a much larger scheme with Lomond Homes having secured outline planning permission for 110 private houses with a view to building when the market improves.
To learn more about the new development in Springhill, contact Four Housing on 0300 00 44 444 or visit: www.fourhousing.co.uk
Meanwhile, work on the demolition of The Elizabethan pub on North Road is expected to step up a gear.
The project - another partnership between Four Housing and Gentoo - started last Thursday but has so far been confined to clearing out the interior of the premises.
The scheme, due to be completed early next year, will provide 16 two-bedroom apartments designed with the needs of older people in mind.