Work has started on the second phase of house building on Plymouth’s £120m Mount Wise development of the formal naval headquarters in the UK.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has invested £5.5m in the project from its Get Britain Building programme, which is helping house builders deliver over 15,000 new homes across the country.
Under the project, 159 homes have been completed since 2010 and 95% were sold in the first phase of the regeneration scheme for Plymouth.
The second phase of the scheme will include a further 89 homes, 30 of which will flank Admiralty House.
HCA said that a sympathetic planning and listed building consent has been approved, which will preserve and improve the setting of the principle house and secure the renovation and reuse of the courtyards and wings for residential use.
Plans also include 59 Georgian-inspired homes and apartments around a new square framing the historic house.
A range of unit types will be available, from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses.
HCA area manager Janet Ventre said Mount Wise is an important project to the agency because ‘it recognises the impact that regenerating the site by providing good quality homes will have to the city’.
"We supported the first phase of development with investment, which helped to bring new affordable homes to this important scheme. It is good to see that this latest support will be used to assist further progress on the site," Ventre said.
The first new dwellings are expected to be completed by mid-2014 with several off-plan reservations already secured.
Mi-Space will serve as the main contractor for the project and HCA said that an emphasis will be placed on using local supply chain and procurement.