Forches construction is on schedule

Work on the Barnstaple estate proceeds apace as contractors begin to put up the first of the new homes.

THE first tenants should be able to move into their new homes by Christmas as the multi million pound regeneration of Forches estate in Barnstaple continues to schedule.

North Devon Homes is expecting the first nine homes in phase one of the project to be completed by contactors FHM by mid-November, with a further 20 due by Christmas. Another 20 should be ready by March of next year.

The programme to transform the estate has seen the demolition of its old pre-reinforced concrete homes to make way for the new build.

Pearce Construction have been contracted to carry out phase two, starting in the autumn with the demolition of the remaining PRC homes, with completion expected by summer 2014.

Steve Snooks, regeneration manager for North Devon Homes, said work on phase two was scheduled to take place in sections rather than in one go.

“The first phase of the site will have 49 units for rent plus 13 shared ownership properties,” he said.

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“The project is on target to meet the agreed dates. When the site is completed there will be a new public park and purpose built play area.”

Work on the site has proved smooth for contractors, with earth and clay to a depth of more than two metres making conditions very favourable for digging the new foundations. As part of the scheme flood alleviation has also been carried out at Gould Road.

Mr Snooks said around 70 tenants were living in the remaining PRC properties, a number of whom would be moving straight into the new properties, while others were moving to other parts of Barnstaple.

“The tenants have been involved in the process and they do have the opportunity to choose things such as kitchen and flooring finishes for their new homes,” he added.

Most of those being moved will receive a “home loss payment” as compensation.

Phase two will see the construction of a further 73 homes, bring total investment on the estate to �16 million.

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