Friday, April 4, 2014

News: Harworth prepares for next phase of housing

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Harworth Estates has contracted independent distribution network operator, GTC, for a second phase of its work on the prestigious Waverley development in Rotherham.

Harworth Estates, the company created to realise the property assets of what was UK Coal, is one of the largest landowners in the UK with access to over 30,000 acres of land.

The £100m Waverley community development, where Harworth has its offices, is a flagship brownfield development. Harworth Estates has recently sold the second allocation of development land to Taylor Wimpey, Harron Homes and Barratt Homes for further house building. GTC has already provided the utilities infrastructure network for the first phase of 250 new homes and, under the land contract model with Harworth Estates, will now provide all three housebuilders with fully-serviced land for the next stages.

The 500th home at Waverley is expected to be built by the end of 2014.

Once all phases of the development have been completed, the gas, electricity and super-fast fibre utilities network will serve all 4,000 homes and associated businesses and amenities. 

Peter Henry, technical director at Harworth Estates, said: "This is the first time we have used an independent provider of utilities infrastructure. In the past we have worked with the incumbent Distribution Network Operator (DNO) for that particular region.

"As an independent company, GTC was able to offer time and cost savings, the benefits of flexibility and a high level of customer service but still with a proven track record of success. We are working with GTC under a land contract model where each of the house builders on each phase will have utilities infrastructure provided by GTC.

"Ultimately, this means that new homes are finished and powered more quickly."

Richard Cheeseman, who is the dedicated point of contact at GTC for the Waverley development, added: "GTC is regularly contracted for licensed area installations, allowing the landowner to offer fully-serviced parcels of land to housebuilders.

"This is the first time we have worked with Harworth Estates and we are delighted to be going on to deliver utility infrastructure for the second phase of this prestigious development. Harworth Estates' focus is on adding value to the land it owns and the land contract agreement we have placed allows them to maximise the opportunities at Waverley."

Over the past six months Harworth Estates has made eight new appointments to support its growth. The company now employs 38 people across its six divisions – Strategic Land, Business Space, Development, Natural Resources, Technical and Environment, Safety & Estates.

David Elliott has been appointed to Harworth's recently-established technical division as a project manager and Mark Richards has also been appointed to Harworth's recently created Estates, Environment & Safety Division as GIS & CAD Technician.

Harworth Estates website

Images: Harworth Estates

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