The regeneration of North Town has taken a step forward as First Wessex Homes was chosen as the contractor to help deliver hundreds of new homes.
The six-phase, 697-home My North Town Project has already seen families move into some of the 67 homes built in Phases 1, with another 84 set to be completed in Phase 2 by the end of the year.
Phases 3 and 4, which will go ahead together in Denmark Square and part of Pegasus Avenue, will involve 213 houses being built. Demolition will start on site this winter and is due to finish by summer 2017.
First Wessex Homes, a subsidiary to housing association First Wessex, has been appointed to oversee the two phases.
Some current residents have been relocated to temporary accommodation to allow demolition work to begin next month, while some blocks in Pegasus Avenue are being part-demolished to allow some residents to continue to live in the unaffected properties, as has already been done in Denmark Square.
First Wessex Homes held a Meet the Contractor event in the North Town estate this month to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns over noise and pollution caused by the long period of work.
Richard Nightingale, construction project manager at First Wessex Homes, said: “The Meet the Contractor event was a great opportunity for me to introduce myself to the residents of North Town.
“We understand the concerns that residents have while living close to a construction site but we will do all that we can to ensure that dust and noise is kept to a minimum throughout the development.
“We have also designed a traffic plan and provided designated car parking for site workers so that all of the vehicles coming onto the site as part of the development have as little impact on residents as possible.”
First Wessex Homes is currently completing surveys as part of the planning regulations. It has also signed up the site to the Considerate Constructors scheme, an initiative that aims to improve the image of the construction industry by marking sites on appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce.
The development includes homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. The affordable homes are funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and Rushmoor Borough Council. Phases 1a and 1c are complete and phases 1b and 2 are under way, with homes in Denmark Street, to be renamed Harrow Street, expected to be finished this November.