Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes’ Association (DAMHA) has completed work on 15 new homes at St James Court, Regents Park, Consett, with a further 15 to follow later in the year.
The homes are being built as part of The Genesis Project, which is seeing over £150 million being spent to transform the former Consett steelworks site into a development consisting of homes, shops, parks and offices.
DAMHA’s two-bedroom bungalows are the first and only almshouses which will be built on the Berry Edge site. The Association has invested £3 million in the development, with £500,000 of this coming in the form of a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.
One of the first people to move in was 79-year-old George Walker, who only recently retired from his job as a HGV driver.
He said: “I was living in Witton Gilbert but all my friends live in Consett so when I found out that these homes were being built I applied and I was delighted when they told me they were going to give me one.
“The home is lovely; it is really big with a walk-in shower and it has solar panels which heat the water so it will save me money on my energy bills.
“I couldn’t be happier.”
Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to have been able to provide affordable homes for older people on this exciting new development.
“Our homes are the only almshouses on the site and they represent one of our biggest investments in new homes in recent memory. High quality, two-bedroom homes are in short supply in Consett so we are delighted to have been able to make a significant contribution to the provision of new homes for local people.”