Published Wed, Apr 20th 2016
Huddersfield-based housebuilder SB Homes Ltd has started work on a new development, which will provide 60 much-needed homes for families and first-time buyers.
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SB Homes began construction on Empire Works in February and is set to complete phase one later this year. The site, which sits alongside the canal in Slaithwaite, was once home to an engineering factory and has been disused for the past decade.
The first phase will consist of eleven four-bedroom family homes, with phases two and three compromising a mixture of apartments and smaller family homes.
Stephen Byram, director of SB Homes commented: ‘’As a company, we always seek out the best locations for developments. Empire Works is no exception – the site is in a stunning canal side setting, while just a two-minute walk from the village centre.
‘‘That’s what makes this development perfect for families, as it gives the best of both worlds – access to a thriving village, as well as a sense of peace and quiet.’’
But SB Homes is no stranger to developing in Slaithwaite. In 2015, the company built thirteen new homes at their Old Bank Works development and sold 90% of properties within just one month of putting them on the market. And with increasing demand for family housing in the area, SB Homes expects that Empire Works will sell just as quickly.
Slaithwaite-based designer Steve Mitchell said: ‘’In the past few years we’ve seen an increasing demand for new homes. This is particularly noticeable in Slaithwaite, with some locals having to move away from the village due to the scarcity of housing.
‘’It’s not often that great homes come on the market in Slaithwaite, so we’re pleased that we’re able to help local families stay within the area that they’ve grown up in and love, in homes that are designed to blend seamlessly with their local conservation, environment and wider community.’’
This news follows the announcement of the Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index in early April, which reported the slowest growth in housing activity and employment within the housebuilding industry since January 2013. However, SB Homes is managing to buck this industry trend, as the company is looking to recruit a new technical driver and site apprentice.
SB Homes will be holding an open weekend to showcase the new homes and take deposits from prospective buyers.