News Britcon Wins Contract Turn Leeds Pub Council Homes

The Wakefield office of contractor Britcon has secure a £2 million design and build contract to transform the site of a former pub in Leeds into new council homes.

The development will include 12 two-bedroom apartments and six one-bedroom apartments, with communal garden space, a lift and private parking. All units are planned on a two-bedroom footprint, with the flexibility to enable a one-bedroom to be converted to a two-bedroom should there be a requirement to do so in the future.

Situated on Swarcliffe Drive, the new scheme forms part of Leeds City Council’s Housing Growth Programme to deliver nearly 1,000 new council homes in the coming years.

Britcon secured the contract via tender process through YORBuild for the city council. It is the company’s second contract secured through this process with the council following the successful extension to Leeds’s Tropical World leisure attraction.

Ian Chapman, the company’s regional contracts manager, said: “The objective of this project is to produce affordable, low-maintenance, energy-efficient and sustainable homes. We proposed a timber frame construction to meet the high energy, thermal, acoustic and air tight requirements to deliver well-engineered and comfortable accommodation.

“Public engagement is critical given the high density residential location and we will aim to meet key Employment and Skills Social Responsibility targets that we exceeded during the Tropical World Project.”

Work is expected to begin on the project next month with a view to completion by Summer 2016.

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