This is one of the largest developments undertaken by a housing association in Northern Ireland in the last 30 years. The sheer scale of the development, totalling 757 new homes represents one of the most dynamic, imaginative and challenging construction projects undertaken by any social housing provider in Northern Ireland.
The first phase of 197 high-quality homes has now been completed and Apex’s Director of Development and Procurement, Ray Forbes, is clear that the benefit of these homes in an area of acute housing demand will be felt for many generations to come.
“We are delighted to announce the completion of 197 new homes at Clon Elagh Phase I by the Kevin Watson Group. Phase IA will see another 47 new homes completed by Braidwater by July 2018. The homes provided in these first two phases alone have made a significant impact on waiting lists in an area of high housing need.
“The construction work on Phases II and III has now commenced with Phase IV expected to start in 2019. These further three phases will deliver almost 500 new homes.”
Phase I housing mix includes 134 family homes, 30 family apartments and 32 apartments designed for older people, plus one wheelchair suitable home.
“Our priority is to enhance quality of life for people of all ages, who will become this new community. We have created space within our development for a children’s play park, a linear park, as well as the construction of a neighbourhood hub which will support a grocery shop and social centre.
“Connectivity within a development of this size is vital for residents and a new ‘spine road’ running through the development will give direct access to the hundreds of new homes and alleviate pressure on the existing road.”
Delivering such a large housing scheme also represents a major boost for the economy, Forbes adds: “The Clon Elagh development will maintain approximately 250 local jobs in construction and related services over the 6 year period of construction.”
The estimated total cost of the Clon Elagh development is £89 million with the Department for Communities contributing £51 million in grant aid and Apex raising £38 million in private finance.
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