A £29m shared housing scheme in Ballymena was launched on Friday (21st October) by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey.
The Belfast Telegraph reported that: “The site at the former St Patrick’s Barracks in the town will provide 135 homes as well as infrastructure and a children’s play park.
“Delivered by Radius Housing, the project will consist of 32 apartments, including a number which are wheelchair accessible, and 113 houses, ten of which will be for private rent/sale as private homes.”
Tracking the emerging trends in construction in Northern Ireland
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High quality housing is central to wellbeing
Construction of the houses at the Ballymena barracks site started in August and it is expected the scheme will be completed by mid-2025.
Martin Pitt, chair of Radius Housing, told the Belfast Telegraph: “This is an exciting project and we are delighted that work is now underway. High quality housing is central to all aspects of wellbeing and we are delighted that it sits at the centre of this major regeneration project.
“When completed this will be a community of modern homes with great social infrastructure and a great place to live.”
Keeping tenants’ bills down
Martin Pitt added: “At Radius we pride ourselves on developing new homes to the highest standard, with a focus on sustainability. These new homes will have the best standards of energy efficiency, which will keep tenants’ bills down.
“We look forward to seeing these homes progress, and we will be working with the local community through this stage and beyond, to ensure that it delivers a positive outcome.”
The Belfast Telegraph noted that around half of the housing phase of the regeneration is funded by the Department for Communities and 50% through private finance raised by Radius.
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