UK-based construction firm Kier Partnership Homes has begun development works on the £100m Manor Kingsway housing estate project in Derby.
Being developed on land previously owned by Manor and Kingsway hospitals, the project will see the construction of 700 homes and a business park in the next seven years. The range of one to five-bedroom homes will be available for rent or purchase.
The project is being developed under a partnership between Kier Partnership Homes, Derby City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, and Nottingham Community Housing Association.
To develop designs for the scheme, Kier is working with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Derby Hospital NHS Trust and the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Kier Partnership Homes managing director Chris King said: "We were delighted to be selected by the partnership of the HCA and Derby City Council to realise its vision for the former hospital site.
"We have worked closely with them and with the Design Council OPUN to develop a concept that offers spacious, economically efficient and stylish new homes, which are well connected to their surroundings and offer a great environment in which to live."
The project will have a low carbon footprint through the use of renewable technologies such as solar panels, triple glazing, thermal mass flooring, low-energy lighting, high-efficiency boilers, smart metering, LED external lighting and low-level street lighting. Each of the homes at the site will also be provided with a compost bin, water butt, rotary dryer and cycle storage.
Manor Kingsway housing project is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the Derby region.
Derby North parliament member Chris Williamson said: "I'm impressed with the design and the street scene to which Kier and the planner have given priority; the attention to detail here is a lesson for others to follow.
"The new build market is labour intensive, with high benefit to the supply chain, which makes it very important for economic growth."
Image: Officials at the ceremony to mark the official launch of the development. Photo: courtesy of Kier Group plc.