Developed in partnership with the council, and with contractors Speller Metcalfe, the scheme provides 13 new homes for affordable rent, as well as nine homes for shared ownership.
Knightstone own 1,381 properties within South Gloucestershire (as at August 2016) and has invested over £21 million in the local authority area over the past four years developing new affordable homes.
The official opening was conducted by Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, Cllr Ben Stokes of South Gloucestershire Council and local MP Jack Lopresti.
Representatives from Speller Metcalfe, Noma Architects and Randall Simmonds were amongst the guests celebrating the opening.
Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, said:
“At Knightstone we’re committed to building much needed affordable homes and investing in communities. Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, we’ve jointly been able to deliver this outstanding development offering a mix of affordable rented accommodation and shared ownership homes.”
“We look forward to continuing our work with the council to provide many more new homes in South Gloucestershire.”
Cllr Ben Stokes said:
“It’s really encouraging to see this new development by Knightstone, which shows their commitment to building new homes in the affordable housing market. This development has been delivered in an environment where it is becoming increasingly difficult to build affordable housing.”
“It’s a positive step which I hope we will continue to see as we journey forward with Knightstone Housing and their partners, with the same high standards of build quality and design that we have demonstrated at Rectory Lane.”
Jack Lopresti MP said:
“This is a great example of collaboration between Knightstone and the council, working together to meet local housing need. And I’m pleased to hear Knightstone is committed to continuing to deliver more new homes in the area.”
Steve Speller, joint owner of Speller Metcalfe, added:
“As part of the project we focused on reinvesting in the local economy by sourcing our materials and labour within 30 miles of the site, reducing our carbon footprint as a result.”
Knightstone has built more than 150 new affordable homes in South Gloucestershire over the last four years. Part of their current build programme includes delivering 66 new homes for rent and shared ownership in Emersons Green and nine new supported homes in Filton.
Photo (l-r): Cllr Ben Stokes (South Gloucestershire Council), Jack Lopresti (MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke), Nick Medhurst (chair of the board at Knightstone) and Steve Roberts (contracts manager at Speller Metcalfe).
Source: Press release from Knightstone Housing Association