Works is still continuing – with social distancing – at the first Build to Rent scheme on the Station House social housing project on Manchester Road, Marsden. A two-minute walk to the village centre, the site will include 21 high quality apartments – two of which will be affordable homes. The scheme will provide high specifications, large sq. ft. apartments, walk-in shower rooms, lift access, energy-efficiency and secure entrances.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought its own unique set of challenges, but our teams of tradespeople have adjusted well to our new ways of working.”Stephen Byram, Managing Director, SB Homes
The site is on the former Marsden Fire Station – built in 1909. The 111-year-old derelict building will be brought back to life, with the frontage being retained. Offering an architectural appeal, it will be crafted from Yorkshire stone and will be sympathetic to the area.
SB Homes is the local firm behind the Build to Rent scheme. The apartments will house long term residents who will benefit from a community feel – and the scheme will provide lifetime renting opportunities. Residents can expect to move in later in the year.
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the build was paused but has now begun with the correct social distancing measures in place. Station House now has its roof structure and trusses in place, with roof slates, windows and internal fittings to follow. SB Homes will also build a pedestrian walkway from the frontage of the former fire station – which is the main access point for residents – to the new building.
“We’re pleased to be able to support jobs and create thousands of skilled labour hours to local people during one of the most tough economic periods that most of us have ever experienced.”Stephen Byram, Managing Director, SB Homes