Construction begins on £12m housing development near Albany Park

CONSTRUCTION is underway on the development of nearly 80 new affordable homes in the centre of Washington.

The £12m Karbon Homes’ development is located east of Albany Park on five acres of land, previously occupied by Washington Football Club.

The development comprises 42 three-bed houses, 17 two-bed houses,11 four-bed houses, and 6 two-bed bungalows, available for Affordable Rent or Rent to Buy, which will add to the choice and range of housing available within the area.

An artist’s rendering of the estate from overhead…

Albany Park is one of eight developments either currently on site or recently completed as part of a £44m investment by Karbon to build well over 300 homes across the city of Sunderland. Less than four miles away in North Hylton, construction began last September on 105 new homes on the £20m College Grange development.

Designed by Ergo Projects, the Albany Park development will appeal to couples and families looking to live in good quality, affordable homes.

Each modern, energy efficient home has been designed to the highest standards and will include private gardens and dedicated car parking spaces. The layout of the development provides two car parking spaces for the majority of homes and at least one car parking space for some of the smaller properties.

Homes at the entrance of the site off Spout Lane will face the new estate road creating an attractive opening for residents and visitors and existing trees located around the perimeter of the development will be maintained to preserve the character of the local area.

One type of home that will be built on the new estate…

Albany Village Primary School and Washington School are both within walking distance of the development. The park and a small convenience store are both within walking distance while The Galleries shopping centre is only a mile away. Regular bus services will provide residents with links to the city centre, Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne while the Washington Highway provides commuters with access to the A19 and A1 road networks.

Zoey Hawthorne, Assistant Director of Development Delivery at Karbon Homes, said: “By working in partnership with Sunderland City Council, we are regenerating this local area. The former football ground stood empty for several years and we are delighted to be able to start work to transform it and provide much needed affordable, high quality housing.

“When complete, the new development will provide a mix of property types that will appeal to many local people. The majority of homes will be available through Rent to Buy, helping even more residents to buy their own home.

“Albany Park not only extends our footprint in the area but also supports the Council’s vision to build 7,000 new homes in the next ten years.”

Sunderland City Council leader, Councillor Graeme Miller, added: “We’re delighted to see Karbon Homes pushing ahead with a scheme that will bring more attractive homes to Sunderland.

“We’re determined to ensure that the city has a broad range of properties – to suit families of all sizes – and this is a welcome step in realising that vision.”

The main contractor for the development is Mears New Homes Ltd and the scheme is expected to be completed autumn 2022.