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New appointments at growing North East developer

New appointments at growing North East developer

A Consett based housebuilder has grown its team with the addition of two development professionals. Technical Manager, Steven Bowers, 46, from Haswell, in County Durham and Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Sophie Charlton, 25, from Stanhope, in Weardale, join the business at an exciting time as it moves towards establishing itself as a 200 homes a year housebuilder by 2025. Bringing over 20 years of...

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Bluefield achieves consent for 200MW of solar projects to bolster green energy pipeline

Bluefield achieves consent for 200MW of solar projects to bolster green energy pipeline

Bluefield Renewable Developments Ltd, part of the Bluefield Group, has achieved planning permission for four new UK projects providing almost 200 Megawatts (MW) of solar capacity. The solar farms will generate enough electricity to power over 54,000 homes whilst offsetting approximately 36,800 tonnes of CO2 per annum - an emissions saving equivalent to removing over 23,000 cars from the road....

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Students support care home’s big Christmas countdown

Students support care home’s big Christmas countdown

Festive cheer is not in short supply at Sherburn House in the run up to Christmas this year, due to a full advent calendar of daily events. Residents at Beddell House Care Home have already enjoyed a week full of activities, including putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the home, making Christmas cards and watching Christmas films. They were also joined by students form Durham University...

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Investment of £20,000 strengthens Sheffield’s community groups

Investment of £20,000 strengthens Sheffield’s community groups

nTwo local organisations which support communities in the north and south east of Sheffield, have received a cash injection, enabling them to help more people across the city. Funding of £20,000 from Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) - which is Sheffield City Council’s joint venture development company with private sector partners Keepmoat and Great Places Housing Group – is supporting projects...

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Homing in on nature

Homing in on nature

A Consett based housebuilder is homing in on nature, donating materials to help a Northumberland School create habitats for local wildlife. The pupils, from Cambois Primary School, received wooden pallets, piping, guttering and other building materials - as well as a brief lesson in building, from Amethyst Homes Construction Director Gary Coils. They were then set the task of creating new living...

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Demolition of Sunderland’s old Civic Centre paves the way for 265 new homes

Demolition of Sunderland’s old Civic Centre paves the way for 265 new homes

The demolition of the main structure of Sunderland’s old Civic Centre building, is now in progress, paving the way for 265 new homes. Once the site is cleared, Partnerships North East will deliver the ambitious £62M project which - in addition to the delivering new, much needed housing - will create high quality public open spaces and cycling and pedestrian links to improve access routes to the...

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Funding grant supports Scotswood’s regeneration vision

Funding grant supports Scotswood’s regeneration vision

Grant funding of £4.6million will support the construction of an additional 231 homes at The Rise, Scotswood, Newcastle. The investment - from The North of Tyne Combined Authority (The NTCA) - forms part of its £32million Brownfield Housing Programme, which is regenerating brownfield sites and unused pockets of land across Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside. It is the second grant...

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Sponsorship spearheads Lindsey’s quest for Aussie gold

Sponsorship spearheads Lindsey’s quest for Aussie gold

An athlete who survived cancer thanks to a lifesaving stem cell transplant, will travel to Australia next year for The World Transplant Games. During an astonishing year of sporting success, Lindsey Blackburn, 37, from Middlesbrough, has won gold at both the British and European Transplant Games – in the 3k and 5k Road Races respectively. She has thanked developer Linden Homes for a sponsorship...

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Cycle challenge raises cash for charities

Cycle challenge raises cash for charities

Staff from Consett based Amethyst Homes, Dysart and Absolute Civil Engineering completed the 160 mile coast to castle challenge from Tynemouth to Edinburgh, spending 14 hours in the saddle over three days.    They have raised over £4,500 which will be split between North East Homeless and Willow Burn Hospice. There is still time to donate please visit...

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Charity challenge to help re-write mental health stigmas

Charity challenge to help re-write mental health stigmas

Staff from Vistry Partnerships North East continue to promote an open book policy towards mental health, having completed a physical challenge aimed at encouraging conversations around suicide. Joining forces with Vistry Group, over three weeks, staff will walk, cycle, horse ride, swim and hop a total of 1163 miles in relay stages. Throughout the journey participants will carry a book, which has...

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Building Birtley – work starts on third phase of housing project

Building Birtley – work starts on third phase of housing project

Work has started on the third phase of housing development at Birtley, Gateshead. Part of a project which has already delivered 194 homes at The Sycamores and The Aspens, the third phase, the £17.5 million Cedars, will provide 73 two bedroomed, three and four bedroomed homes of which 49 will be for private sale and 24 for shared ownership with partner Home Group. The development is part of a...

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Pedal power builds awareness and cash for North East charities

Pedal power builds awareness and cash for North East charities

Staff from three North East companies are pedalling for pounds in support of two local charities. The group of six from Consett based Amethyst Homes, Dysart Developments and Absolute Civil Engineering, will cycle 180 miles over three days - from Tynemouth to Edinburgh - to raise money for Willow Burn Hospice and North East Homeless. It is anticipated that Richard Bass (53), Paula Spoor (43),...

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Solar farm plan for former coal mining site

Solar farm plan for former coal mining site

Bluefield Renewable Developments Ltd, a UK based green energy business, is seeking to engage with Durham communities on plans for a solar farm on a former coal mining site near Bishop Auckland. The proposals would generate significant renewable energy, reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and help Durham County Council to achieve its ambitious climate change targets. The Bluefield Group...

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Innovative affordable homes scheme proposed for Gateshead

Innovative affordable homes scheme proposed for Gateshead

Twenty large family homes would be built for the Gateshead Jewish community if a public / private partnership that is driving up the quality and choice of homes in the borough is given the go-ahead for its innovative proposal. The scheme is part of a wider initiative to build 58 affordable properties on a piece of land which has stood empty for almost a decade because redevelopment costs were...

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Captured on camera

Captured on camera

One of our most enjoyable projects this year, has been the creation of a video to showcase a public arts programme installed at Norfolk Heritage Park in Sheffield. Delivered by Sheffield Housing Company - which is Sheffield City Council’s joint venture development company with private sector partners Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing Group - the six sculptures are inspired by the shapes...

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Glanton Show returns after four-year hiatus

Glanton Show returns after four-year hiatus

Glanton Show will return on Saturday the 13th August, following an enforced hiatus of four years. Heavy rain and floods in 2019 followed by the Covid-19 pandemic, saw the historic show cancelled for three consecutive years. Joked Show Chairman, Jon Radgick, “Barring a plague of locusts, the event this year will be going ahead!” The country show – with roots that can be traced back over 160 years...

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Regeneration partnership and NUFC kick off construction skills course

Regeneration partnership and NUFC kick off construction skills course

A North East regeneration partnership and Newcastle United Football Club’s (NUFC) Foundation are kicking off a six-week construction skills programme. As part of the course, led and delivered by NUFC Foundation, 14 students were invited to New Tyne West Development Company’s (NTWDC) site, The Rise in Scotswood, Newcastle. The visit provided the opportunity for the group, aged between 16 to 24,...

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Wall to wall success at The Rise, Scotswood

Wall to wall success at The Rise, Scotswood

A region synonymous for its famous walls – Hadrian’s is probably the best known – Newcastle is seeing the first bricks laid on top of what is thought to be one of the biggest residential retaining wall structures in the UK. Community stalwarts Margaret Cooney and Alma Wheeler MBE were amongst those to lay the first brick atop ‘The Great Wall of Scotswood’. Also marking the occasion were Mayor of...

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From almost wound up to up for the cup

From almost wound up to up for the cup

An under 18s football team that nearly folded due to the financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, is celebrating the end a successful season. Consett under 18s side won the final of the Durham FA U18s, Division 2 Cup - at the Washington Football Hub - and are thanking housebuilder, Amethyst Homes, for a sponsorship deal that secured the sides very existence. Playing league winners Felling...

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Art to the park!

Art to the park!

An innovative arts programme encouraging people to enjoy the superb outdoor spaces the city offers, has been installed at Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield. Funded by Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) - which is Sheffield City Council’s joint venture development company with private sector partners Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing Group - the six sculptures are inspired by the shapes and...

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Amethyst Homes is building its team

Amethyst Homes is building its team

A Consett based developer is building its workforce with the recruitment of two new staff members. The dynamic duo bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to their roles at Amethyst Homes. Anne Francis, 71, from Washington, joins as a Home Sales Advisor and Jessica Maguire, 22, from Consett, as an Administration Assistant. Richard Bass Development Director for Amethyst Homes said: “It is...

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First residents move into extra care development in Tynemouth

First residents move into extra care development in Tynemouth

An £10m scheme in Tynemouth, which offers over 55s the chance to live independently as their needs change, has welcomed its first residents. In partnership with North Tyneside Council, Housing 21’s Clifford’s Mews - built by regeneration and construction specialist Vistry Partnerships North East - comprises 64 one and two bedroomed apartments for people aged over 55. On site services include a...

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Housing regeneration partnership builds workforce

Housing regeneration partnership builds workforce

A housing regeneration partnership which has delivered over 1,150 homes to Sheffield is increasing its workforce, with the appointment of a Development Manager. With ambitious plans to build 2,300 properties on a total of 23 sites by the end of 2027, Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) - Sheffield City Council’s joint venture development company with private developer Keepmoat Homes and Great Places...

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Work starts on 331 homes to meet Durham’s housing need

Work starts on 331 homes to meet Durham’s housing need

Following the success of a mixed tenure development in County Durham, which completed last year, work on a second, much larger £60.4m phase, is now underway – continuing the mission to meet local housing need. Bishops Park saw 99 new homes delivered near to Auckland Park, on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland. Of these, 49 were for private sale, 20 for shared ownership and the remaining 30 for...

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Building a support structure around mental health and wellbeing

Building a support structure around mental health and wellbeing

As the UK supports Mental Health Awareness Week (9th May – 15th May), a North East based development and regeneration specialist continues to promote innovative working practices that are supporting its employees’ mental health and wellbeing. Sadly, suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 in the UK* and figures from the Office of National Statistics showed an increase in...

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Maureen flies the nest and buys first home – aged 63

Maureen flies the nest and buys first home – aged 63

A lady from Bridgehill, Consett, has flown the nest and bought her first home, at 63 years of age. Maureen Hopton, who previously lived with her parents, has purchased a new bungalow at Amethyst Homes’ Regents Park development in Consett. And although she was already eight years old when The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper – including the song inspired by a teenage runaway, ‘She’s Leaving Home’ -...

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Transforming Teesside’s housing choice

Transforming Teesside’s housing choice

A North East construction and regeneration specialist is starting work on a supported housing village in Redcar. Vistry Partnerships North East has secured planning consent and agreed contracts for the 75 homes, which will be constructed for Beyond Housing, within the development at Kirkleatham Green. The homes have been specially designed for customers with a wide range of support needs,...

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Building support for the bereaved

Building support for the bereaved

A North East developer and a mortgage advisory service are helping to build funds and raise awareness for a local hospice, which supports bereaved children and their families. Willow Burn Hospice, based in Lanchester, County Durham, provides a wide range of professional and specialised treatments, services and care to relieve physical and emotional symptoms for those at the end of life....

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Green light for Sunderland Civic Centre redevelopment

Green light for Sunderland Civic Centre redevelopment

The redevelopment of Sunderland’s Civic Centre site into a new residential community, has been given the green light. A planning application for 265 new homes was approved at the City Council’s Planning and Highways (East) Committee meeting last night (11.04.22). North East regeneration and construction specialist Vistry Partnerships will deliver the project which, in addition to the new...

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Sponsorship supports stem cell recipient in quest for athletics gold

Sponsorship supports stem cell recipient in quest for athletics gold

An athlete who survived cancer thanks to a lifesaving stem cell transplant, will be going for gold at the British Transplant Games, in Leeds. Lindsey Blackburn, 36, from Middlesbrough, has received support from housebuilder Linden Homes, who is sponsoring and covering the costs of her equipment. This will enable Lindsey to focus solely on training ahead of the event. “I have fantastic support...

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Raising aspirations at The Rise

Raising aspirations at The Rise

A partnership responsible for regenerating Scotswood, has joined forces with a charity, Reviving the Heart of the West End (RHWE), to raise local job aspirations. New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC), through its partnership with RHWE, has been working with a group of eight candidates, aged 19-56, to demonstrate the wide range of work experience and job opportunities available in the...

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Designs revealed for new Morpeth homes

Designs revealed for new Morpeth homes

An award winning Northumberland based developer, has released images of how homes at its latest new development, near Morpeth, will look when completed. Named Hepscott Fields, the project will see Countylife Homes deliver three large, detached, four bedroomed properties in a rural setting close to the village of Hepscott. Mike Pattison, Managing Director with Countylife Homes, says: “Our latest...

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Levelling the playing field

Levelling the playing field

As companies across the country celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) (8th March 2022), a Southport based business is kicking gender stereotypes into touch. The addition of two new recruits, means that asset management company Seventy Ninth Group, has a workforce that is over 50% female - and in senior positions – and it is also sponsoring a young footballer to achieve her sporting dream....

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Ex-soldier targets site success

Ex-soldier targets site success

A former soldier, forced to end his 14 year army service due to an injury sustained in an IED blast, is gaining valuable work experience on a Redcar construction site. Anthony Allan, 31, from Darlington, is undertaking the placement at Vistry Partnership North East’s Kirkleatham Green development and hopes it will help him secure a trainee site manager position in the future. The placement was...

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