RCT Homes Unveils Details for New Housing Development in Church Village
Details of a brand new, high quality development of homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf have been released by Welsh housing organisation, RCT Homes.
Springfield Court in Church Village is RCT Homes’ largest development of new homes to date. The homes – which consist of a mix of flats and family homes – have been built on the site of a former housing complex.
The properties will be offered as affordable homes to rent, thanks to a partnership between RCT Homes and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, with funding from the Welsh Government.
Work began on Springfield Court in May 2015 and the development is due for completion in late summer 2016, with tenants moving in over the autumn. Springfield Court comprises sixteen one bedroom flats, twelve 2 bedroom houses, eight 3 bedroom houses and four 4 bedroom houses.
The £3.9million project was part-funded by the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant (SHG). The new homes have all been constructed to the highest quality design standards outlined by the Welsh Government’s Development Quality Requirements, including Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Development Quality Requirements (DQR).
The main contractor is Jehu Project Services; the architect for the project is Tony King Architects; while engineering is by Austin Partnership and quantity surveying from Strongs Partnership.
This project forms part of RCT Homes’ commitment to addressing the issue of affordable housing needs in the borough. A local lettings policy will be implemented for the allocation of these new homes in order to ensure the creation of a balanced and sustainable community.
Along with this investment in new homes, RCT Homes is also committed to continuing to maintain and improve its stock of over 10,000 former council houses. As well as renewing modern kitchens and bathrooms, RCT Homes is making significant investment in increasing the energy efficiency of its housing stock to make them more affordable and comfortable to live in.
Rhiannydd Jenkins, Development Manager at RCT Homes said:
“The redevelopment at Springfield Court is evidence of RCT Homes’ ongoing investment to improve our communities. The new homes will go a long way to meet the housing needs within the area and provide much-needed high quality affordable homes for local people. The project will not only provide new homes but also, throughout the construction period, there will be opportunities for local people to gain training and work experience which will prepare them for the workplace.”
Vince Alm, Project Manager Jehu Project Services added:
“Jehu Project Services are delighted to be working with RCT Homes in constructing the new properties in Church Village. As well as providing new homes for local people, the site has been a focus for community engagement – including a programme of visits for local secondary pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg and Pontypridd High School, culminating in three Sixth Form students being recruited directly onto the site team in order to benefit from training opportunities during the project.”
RCT Homes is also soon to complete a new development of 37 homes in Cwmbach in the Cynon Valley. It has also recently secured planning permission for eight new homes in Cymmer, Porth and two sheltered housing complexes – one in Rhydyfelin and the other in Tynant, Beddau.