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Multi-million-pound Leeds housing development gets started

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Building work has officially started on a £12million new build housing project in Leeds.

Energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE will transform the site at Queenshill Avenue, Moortown, on behalf of Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA), to create the social housing provider’s biggest sheltered accommodation scheme to date. Twenty-two existing properties have been demolished to make way for two new housing blocks, comprised of 85 one and two-bed apartments, more than 50 of which will be sheltered accommodation for older residents.

Solar panels on the roof are expected to provide ten percent of the buildings’ electricity, whilst increased insulation within each property will promote energy efficiency. The new development will be connected to other accommodation owned by LJHA, to create one large sheltered village off Stonegate Road. Representatives from the partnership, along with a future tenant, met on the site to celebrate the milestone.

Sean Corcoran, Regional Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division said:

“At ENGIE, our goal is to improve lives by creating better living environments for local people, so we are delighted to begin work on this much-needed energy efficient housing project here in Moortown.

“Over the years, there’s been an increase in the over 85’s age group in Leeds, with a third of all homes in the city being one-person households, and half of these are aged over 65. These figures signify a need for more affordable housing for the older generation and this development ticks all the boxes in providing a safe and secure home for those in need.”

Mark Grandfield, Chief Executive of Leeds Jewish Housing Association said: 

“We are truly excited about this project. This isn’t your normal housing newbuild scheme, LJHA have been providing homes for the Jewish community on this site for over 60 years and as such, we’ve already made a tremendous emotional investment in the area. Having the chance now to reshape the housing provision for another 60 years to come and be able to house more of our community is great news.”

ENGIE is a leading energy and services company focused on 3 key activities: production and supply of energy, services and regeneration. Its 17,000 employees combine these capabilities for the benefit of individuals, businesses and communities throughout the UK & Ireland.

ENGIE enables customers to embrace a lower carbon, more efficient and increasingly digital world. Its customers benefit from energy efficient and smart building solutions, the provision of effective and innovative services, the transformation of neighbourhoods through regeneration projects, and the supply of reliable, flexible and renewable energy. ENGIE improves lives through better living and working environments, helping to balance performance with responsibility, enabling progress in a harmonious way.

Globally, the ENGIE Group employs 160,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €60.6 billion in 2018. The project is expected to complete in December 2021.

For further information on ENGIE, visit www.engie.co.uk