Work starts on landmark affordable housing development in Sunderland

Construction has started on our much anticipated development of 56 new affordable homes for rent in Downhill.

Work on the development ‘Keelman Rise’, proudly named after the city’s famous ship building heritage, started last month and energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE will be on site building the new homes over the next year.

The new development is a precursor to our planned £117 million investment into affordable housing in the city, with ambitious plans set to create a further 900 new homes for rent in Sunderland by 2024.

The exciting project that has also been awarded funds by Homes England, will see 48 contemporary two and three-bedroom homes and eight two-bedroom bungalows created on the site.

Keelman Rise, when completed, will mark the end of the regeneration of the site off Kidderminster Road which we started in 2016, with the construction of 71 new homes.

Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo Group said:

“We’re committed to building new homes for rent in Sunderland, and this project kick-starts an exciting time for us here at Gentoo as we work to improve the housing offer in the city by creating and building contemporary, modern new homes for our tenants.

“I’m delighted that work has begun on site at Keelman Rise and working alongside ENGIE and Homes England we look forward to delivering these high quality new homes for rent later this year.”

Louise Buckton, New Build Director at ENGIE, said:

“Gentoo have exciting plans for the city over the coming years, so we’re really proud to play a part by continuing our great partnership on this project.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners and the local community to provide new opportunities for residents, as well as creating a modern neighbourhood that complements the regeneration of the wider area.” 

The first homes are expected to be complete by the end of the year and will be made available for rent through our allocations system HomeHunt.

You can find out more about our affordable homes plan here.