Two Shropshire companies have started work on affordable housing development in Hereford for £ 5.6 million.

Hereford housing estate is being built for Connexus by two Shropshire companies

Work on 44 apartments for Connexus Housing on Tillington Road in Hereford began in September and is expected to be completed by March 2022.

Shrewsbury-based TC Homes Contracting Ltd was selected by Connexus as its construction partner and the company hired Telford-based Timber Kit Solutions Ltd to supply, manufacture and erect the wooden frames for all 44 units.

The development of 2-, 3- and 4-bed houses and bungalows includes barrier-free and adaptable apartments for wheelchair users. The houses will be bought for rent, shared ownership and rent through Connexus.

Ray Wilde, Project Manager at TC Homes said, “This is one of our biggest developments to date and part of our growth plans for the company.

“Hereford is a shortage of affordable housing and these much-needed homes will help to remedy that. We are an ethical company and we focus on affordable housing. We want to develop this market for the future.

“The Chancellor identified this market as an ‘economic promoter’. There is a greater need for affordable housing nationwide, and we are helping to meet that need.

“Land can be difficult to find and as a company we have the resources to locate land and go through the planning process for our customers. We offer a complete package from the procurement of land to the handover of a finished development. “

Simon Ball, Director at Timber Kit Solutions, said the order was worth around £ 500,000 to his company.

“This is one of the largest projects we have been involved in and we will have around 15 direct employees and an additional six subcontractors,” he said.

“TKS Ltd and TC Homes have been working together on projects for 12 years. Wooden construction kits are a great way to build as they are a faster way to build. All of the wood is from sustainable sources and is more suitable for the end user who will have to spend less on utilities like gas and electricity as it is a more insulated product. “

“Our work on the frames for all 44 houses will take about 20 weeks and we started back on site last month,” he added.

The two companies have recently started work on two more projects valued at nearly £ 5 million.

Development of 16, two and three bed homes on Station Road in Minsterley began in February and is expected to be completed in February 2022. The houses will be a mixture of joint ownership and rented out to Connexus. Work on the construction site will also alleviate a flood problem.

In January, the two local companies began building 20 homes on Bridgnorth Road in Highley. The two- and three-bed houses are offered by Connexus as joint property or for rent. Completion of the property is expected on January 22nd.