Long lost friends reconnect at Castle Rise

Our latest development, Castle Rise, Downhill, opened its doors last Friday.

Pat Robinson and Glenys Armstrong, two of the new residents, were delighted when they realised they were in the same class at school.

Mrs Robinson, who had been keen to downsize for some time, was thrilled to move into her new bungalow.

Mrs Robinson, said: “The sense of community here is fantastic, I’ve made so many new friends and connecting with old ones makes it all the better.

“I am over the moon with my new home, I’d been desperate for a bungalow for some time and was thrilled when I got the keys. I’m a keen baker and I’ve always dreamt of having a spacious brand new kitchen, now I’ve got the space to bake for the family when they come round.”

Mrs Pat Robinson and Mrs Glenys Armstrong were welcomed by Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland and Ian Self, Gentoo Group Chairman to mark their move into their gorgeous new homes. Featuring 51 newly built two, three and four bedroom homes and bungalows all for rent, the £10.1m development comprises of 88 homes in total, with 37 for sale that were released in 2016.

Sharon Hodgson, said: “The Castle Rise development is a fantastic addition that will help provide affordable housing here in Sunderland. This is made even more special by seeing old classmates being brought together again, and I wish Mrs Robinson and Mrs Armstrong all the best in their new homes.”

Ian Self, Gentoo Group Chairman, said: “We are proud of our ongoing commitment to providing affordable, new homes to Sunderland and strengthening our local communities.

“It was great to meet Mrs Robinson and Mrs Armstrong and we are delighted that our homes have brought them back together after so many years. We hope all of our residents’ will be as happy as they are in their new homes.”

Castle Rise is one of Gentoo’s five live sites in Sunderland, taking the numbers of new homes being built around the city to more than 500, amounting an investment of £80m.

Our development to begin work will be in Glebe, Washington, building 59 new homes in March.