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Surgo completes latest affordable housing scheme Surgo Construction Ltd (Surgo), one of the region’s leading building contractors, has announced it has completed work on a £2.2m design and build affordable housing contract for Karbon Homes at Uphill Drive, Sacriston, Co Durham. Karbon Homes, one of the largest housing associations in the north east of England and Yorkshire, appointed the contractor to build 19 two-bedroom bungalows, including five detached homes, in a traditional style and specifically designed for residents aged 55 and over. Located on a steep slope, and surrounded by existing homes, the project has been a logistical challenge for the contractor to deliver. Transforming the site, the completed development makes a positive and much-needed contribution to the availability of affordable housing in the area whilst enhancing the overall street scene. Commenting on this latest affordable housing scheme to be handed over, Surgo’s pre-construction director, Martin Blight, said: “We are delighted to have delivered a scheme that has such a positive impact on social housing in the area and which makes a significant difference to the local neighbourhood. “Despite the logistical challenges the site presented throughout the project’s delivery, thanks to careful planning and being able to draw on our prior experience of working on such sites, I am confident that we have provided the client with a product that they can be proud of, especially given the feedback we have received. Surgo’s contracts manager responsible for overseeing the project, Norman Trainer, added; “The excellent feedback we have received from both the client, and the residents who have already moved in, has been tremendous.  It is a great acknowledgement of the effort that has gone in by everyone involved in delivering the scheme.” Heaping praise on Surgo’s build quality, Kim Lilley, Karbon Homes’ lettings co-ordinator, said; “The feedback from customers has been amazing. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to provide customers with properties of this quality and makes our job so much easier. It really does make a massive difference to people’s quality of life to be able to move into a property finished to this standard. A huge thank you from the allocations team to all involved.” The project benefited from £665,000 of funding from Homes England. Professional project partners included Identity Consult, BSBA Architects and RV Engineering.

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