The foundations have been laid for 13 new bungalows on the former Eleanor Scott site, in Southcoates Lane, east Hull.
The development work has seen the former almshouse cottages – which were built in the early 1900s, no longer fit-for-purpose and beyond economical repair – demolished to make way for new PFH homes.
Four of the former cottages were built in 1907 and formed part of a legacy of another charity created some two hundred years earlier by Eleanor Scott who, in her will, left a property and 37 acres of farm land in the old parish of Southcoates to be leased for a reduced rent under what was then known as “poor relief”. Her will also established a charity school in the area in 1865 and a fund for the sick and poor.
Hull-based contractor Hobson and Porter is developing the new-builds for PFH, which will see the previous cottages replaced with modern, two bedroomed bungalows and ample parking space.
Martin Sherman, Property Services Director at PFH, said: “This development has been made possible with a Homes England affordable housing grant, which was secured to subsidise the building costs and we expect work to be complete in March 2021.
“This site has been particularly challenging as the ground conditions were very poor, we have therefore had to use very long piles 20 metres underground before laying the foundations for the new properties.
“We are pleased to be working with Hobson and Porter, a local firm providing jobs for people within our region. These bungalows will provide modern, affordable homes for the residents they are allocated to once complete next year.”
Wayne Cropp, Contracts Manager at Hobson and Porter, said: “Affordable housing schemes are very rewarding projects for us and we are particularly happy to be working once again with PFH on the
Eleanor Scott development in our home city of Hull, providing much-needed high-quality bungalows which will be enjoyed by new residents in the years to come.
“We continue to work on the Southcoates Lane site in accordance with the Covid-19 sector-specific government guidance for the construction industry. Thankfully, our programme of works hasn’t been too heavily disrupted in recent weeks as much of our work to-date has involved demolition and external works, both of which we are able to complete whilst upholding social distancing. We look forward to seeing the scheme take further shape in the coming weeks and months.”