Work restarts on housing job hit by Tolent failure

Work has restarted at Gentoo’s Eskdene Rise housing development in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland which came to a halt when main contractor Tolent went into administration 12 months ago.

Gentoo has signed a deal with with affordable house builder Adderstone Living to finish the 86 new homes.

Rebecca Bewick, Head of Delivery at Gentoo said: “I know this news will be welcomed by nearby residents and those on the housing register who have understandably been frustrated with the delays. With 30,000 people on Gentoo’s housing register the need for more quality, affordable housing has never been greater.”

Adderstone Living managing director Stephen McCoy said: “Our business was delighted to be appointed by Gentoo on the Eskdale Rise project.  We appreciate the importance of the scheme and the impact the delay has had on local residents so our team are already underway on site to deliver this scheme as quicky and safely as possible.”

The new development will transform the local area and will incorporate green space for both new and existing residents to enjoy, while also addressing the ongoing anti-social behaviour issues in the area. The development plans to include 6,920 sq. metres of landscaping and the planting of 108 trees and 2685 shrubs.

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