Celebration as Gantry homes open

Daily Echo: The opening ceremony of the Gantry Homes The opening ceremony of the Gantry Homes

A NEW £13m development of more than 100 affordable homes has been officially opened in Southampton .

The completed ten-storey development on the former Gantry theatre site behind the Mayflower theatre, has brought 115 new affordable flats to the city centre.

A special performance at the Mayflower was staged to celebrate the opening of the new homes, spread over three blocks of apartments, named Gantry Court and Empire View. Housing association First Wessex secured an investment of about £6m from the Homes and Community Agency to transform the disused site of the former Gantry theatre in a fiveyear building project. First Wessex put £7m towards the scheme.

The rear of the Mayflower was also improved as part of the project, meaning larger scale theatrical productions are now be able to perform there.

The building has been linked to Southampton’s district heating network, which will reduce energy costs for residents.

Stuart Munro, managing director of Drew Smith, which carried out the construction work, said: “For the past five years this has been a successful collaborative project and a fantastic addition for the city of Southampton.

“We are proud that the vast majority of the project was constructed with local labour in tough economic times.”

Paul Jenks, vice-chairman of the First Wessex board, said: “This development demonstrates our continued commitment to provide high quality sustainable homes which contribute to the regeneration of Southampton.”

HCA area manager Bruce Voss said: “Our investment has played a significant role in unlocking this major development, providing construction jobs while it was being built and high quality affordable homes in the heart of the city.

“We have also supported this project with funding to get the site ‘plumbed in’ to the cutting edge geothermal heat network in Southampton, which should provide lasting benefits for residents and the environment . It's great news for the city and the local community that this important development is complete.”

Southampton City Council housing boss Councillor Warwick Payne said: “This scheme shows the importance of partners working close together.

“First Wessex, the Homes and Communities Agency, Drew Smith and the council have joined forces to bring 115 much-needed affordable homes to the city, as well as providing excellent employment and training opportunities for local people.

“I’m pleased that the homes have also been able to benefit from the city’s district heating system, providing green energy efficient homes.”

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5:38pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Huffter says...

How is 'affordable' defined?
How is 'affordable' defined? Huffter

6:46pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Huffter wrote:
How is 'affordable' defined?
If you need to ask that ....... You probably cant afford it
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: How is 'affordable' defined?[/p][/quote]If you need to ask that ....... You probably cant afford it Lone Ranger.

9:12pm Mon 6 Aug 12

kissmya%% says...

This area is ruined already & the police are always round there .
This area is ruined already & the police are always round there . kissmya%%

9:55pm Mon 6 Aug 12

solomum says...

Huffter wrote:
How is 'affordable' defined?
Have seen one of the 2 bed flats offered for rent at £614 pcm. That seems pretty much in line with most rented 2 bed flats and is more than 50% of an average full time wage, so not really affordable at all, unless the rent is covered by housing benefit. When I bought my first flat, my mortgage was £350 pcm which rose to approx £500 during the early 90's when interest rates were very high. This was a huge struggle on 2 wages. How on earth is the average first time buyer is supposed to get on the property ladder today. Affordable housing? There is no such thing any more.
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: How is 'affordable' defined?[/p][/quote]Have seen one of the 2 bed flats offered for rent at £614 pcm. That seems pretty much in line with most rented 2 bed flats and is more than 50% of an average full time wage, so not really affordable at all, unless the rent is covered by housing benefit. When I bought my first flat, my mortgage was £350 pcm which rose to approx £500 during the early 90's when interest rates were very high. This was a huge struggle on 2 wages. How on earth is the average first time buyer is supposed to get on the property ladder today. Affordable housing? There is no such thing any more. solomum

7:33am Tue 7 Aug 12

loosehead says...

Wasn't this the site of Student village?
they use the word Homes?
building homes/houses would have been better but as someone has mentioned is this going to be Social Security City?
Wasn't this the site of Student village? they use the word Homes? building homes/houses would have been better but as someone has mentioned is this going to be Social Security City? loosehead

9:39am Tue 7 Aug 12

hulla baloo says...

How many car parking spaces?
How many car parking spaces? hulla baloo

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