Fold Housing Association recently cut the first sod for its new social housing development at Rathgill Parade, Bangor. The Fold team were joined by representatives from DSD, NIHE, Ards and Down Council, MLAs the community and the build team.
Anita Conway, Director of Development, said: “This new build schemes will provide 102 high quality homes for families of varying sizes and includes homes which are wheelchair accessible. The build reflects the needs of families currently on the NIHE waiting list for the Bangor area. We believe this exciting development will be of great community benefit.”
She added: “Fold Housing Association remains committed to working with local residents and the wider community to provide quality and affordable homes. We would like to extend our thanks to the Department for Social Development, the Housing Executive and the local political and community representatives for all their hard work and dedication without whom this project would not have become a reality today.”
This development was offered to Fold Housing Association as a transfer scheme from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in February 2014. Planning was received on 26 March 2015 and works commenced onsite with Fold’s appointed Contractor Kelly Brothers on 31 March 2015. The expected completion date of this development is November 2016 with a total build cost in excess of £10.8m. Fold will receive circa £6m Housing Association Grant towards the cost of this development.
These new modern homes will meet the requirements of the DSD Development Design Guide (including Lifetime Homes and Secure By Design principles) they will also be designed to meet the current enhanced building regulations which has an emphasis on increased insulation, which will help to reduce energy bills along with helping to address fuel poverty issues.
Fold Housing Association provides housing, care and support to over 30,000 homes throughout Northern Ireland.
Established in 1976, Fold is now one of the leading Housing Associations in Northern Ireland, supporting over 6,000 tenants in our purpose built housing. In 2012 for the first time our general needs, family, housing overtook our sheltered housing stock.
Over the years it has also developed an innovative range of service provisions that allows Fold to offer its clients the right level of support in their own home or in our accommodation:
- Housing for Older People with Dementia and the Frail Elderly;
- Supported Housing;
- Over 40,000 Day Care visits a year;
- Fold provides Personal Pendant Alarms throughout Ireland;
- The first European Telemonitoring service, monitoring patients vital signs in their home;
- Assist over 600 people with a disability in making Home Adaptations a year;
- Mobile cognitive and physical therapy unit the Fold Brain Bus, again a first in Europe.
In other news, John McLean, Chief Executive of Fold Housing Association and Vice-Chair of the NIFHA board, has been awarded an OBE for services to housing and the community.
Mr McLean was appointed Chief Executive of Fold Housing Association in June 2005. The organisation manages 6000 homes across Northern Ireland. In addition 27,000 homes avail of Fold’s TeleCare and Telehealth services. The Association employs 800 staff and has a turnover of £40m.
“Fold Housing Association remains committed to working with local residents and the wider community to provide quality and affordable homes. We would like to extend our thanks to the Department for Social Development, the Housing Executive and the local political and community representatives for all their hard work and dedication without whom this project would not have become a reality today.”
Anita Conway, Director of Development
Mr McLean was previously employed as Commercial Director with NIE, the Tyco Group and the Rotary Group. He has worked in the manufacturing, contracting and services sectors, overseas and in the UK. He said: “I am humbled by this recognition and honoured to accept it on behalf of the tremendously dedicated staff and board members of Fold who give so generously of their time and effort to the whole community.
He added: “I believe it is also further recognition of the wider social housing sector which has made and continues to make such a positive impact on society in Northern Ireland.”