Calderdale’s flagship regeneration project, Beech Hill has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Residential Development of the Year (in the ‘more than 100 homes’ sub-category).

Just outside of Halifax town centre, the Beech Hill area is being transformed, after previously being home to three empty tower blocks. Major work through the Calderdale and Together Housing Investment Partnership (CTHIP) is seeing 106 new affordable homes being built, as well as a cycle route, public open space and energy efficiency improvements to existing homes on the site to help tackle climate change.

The topography of the area meant that high demolition and construction costs made affordable housing projects unviable for many developers. The CTHIP unlocked investment with funding support from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Homes England.

Many challenges have been overcome to move this important regeneration work forward, and it has become a benchmark for other difficult sites across the region. In partnership with the contractor, Esh Construction, careful design and innovative techniques include the installation of a retaining slope to maximise use of the entire site.

George Paterson, Executive Director of Property at Together Housing Group said:

“Being shortlisted as a finalist for the Yorkshire Industry Property Awards 2022 means a lot to us. Beech Hill is a great example of building through our partnership work in Calderdale on what was an unviable and undesirable site. Together Housing through the partnership have underwritten the works and receiving key contributions from both West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Homes England alongside Calderdale Council has proved critical.

“We are also working with current residents in Beech Hill to improve their homes, making them more energy efficient whilst building these new homes. The local community will benefit from these homes and the hard work of the CTHIP.”

The outcome will be good-quality, affordable homes within walking distance of the town centre, bringing more housing choice and a better quality of life for local people; economic growth by safeguarding and creating jobs and training opportunities; regeneration of an underused part of Halifax and better, greener connections to the surrounding area; and a reduction in carbon emissions and fuel poverty to help tackle the climate emergency and health inequalities.

The Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Leeds on Thursday 22 September 2022. Follow the event on social media: #YorksProp