LABC Residential Construction Professional of the Year 2019

Trinity Homes is pleased to announce that their Site Manager, Ramesh Swain, was once again shortlisted as a finalist for the South East LABC Building Excellence Awards in the category of Residential Construction Professional of the Year.

The site he was working on at Elizabeth Court, Hailsham was also a finalist in the category of Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development.   Elizabeth Court was a new Local Authority social housing development for Wealden District Council comprising 5 terraced houses and 12 flats located within an existing busy residential area, abutting residential gardens and properties on three sides of the site.

The Awards took place on 21st June at The Grand Hotel in Brighton and we are delighted to confirm that Ramesh was the well deserved winner of the Residential Construction Professional of the Year award.  Many congratulations on your outstanding achievement from all the team at Trinity Homes.

Stonewater Builds Eight New Affordable Homes in Coldwaltham

Coldwaltham residents welcomed much-needed affordable homes when social housing provider Stonewater cut the ribbon on eight new homes in Shackleton Close on Tuesday afternoon (20 November).

A number of local stakeholders, including local authority councillors, parish councillors, and staff and pupils from a local school, joined residents for the celebration.

The development takes its name from the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, the principal figure during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, who has historic links to the village.

Shackleton’s family lived in the parish and were buried in St Giles’ Church graveyard next to Coldwaltham School. In light of this, members of Coldwaltham Parish Council suggested Shackleton Close would be fitting road name.

Having studied Shakleton’s adventures, children from the primary school in Coldwaltham helped renowned West Sussex chainsaw carver Dave Lucas from the Woodland Centre to design a wonderful finishing-touch to the development.

The bespoke wooden artwork, representing an oak chest from Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was unveiled at Tuesday’s event. The chest is believed to have been taken on one of Shackleton’s Antarctic voyages.

Shackleton Close provides four two-bedroom homes and four three-bedroom properties at a low-cost, affordable rent. The properties will be available for local families nominated by Horsham District Council.

The new homes help meet the high demand for affordable housing in South Downs National Park, and were part-funded with grants from Homes England and Horsham District Council, which provided £142,888 and £100,000, respectively.

Designed by Winchester-based architects CHDP and constructed by Eastbourne-based contractor Trinity Homes, the properties reflect Stonewater’s commitment to provide high-quality homes at an affordable price. Each unit features top-quality amenities, generous green space, beautiful rear gardens and plenty of parking spaces for residents and visitors.

Shackleton Close is Stonewater’s second affordable housing development in Coldwaltham to be delivered in recent years. Piers Secombe Close, adjacent to Shackleton Close, was completed in 1996 and provided six affordable homes for the community.

These projects, along with others across West Sussex, are helping deliver Stonewater’s aim of supporting communities and neighbourhoods throughout the county, transforming lives of local people whose needs are not met by the market.

James Bradbury, Deputy Director of Development at Stonewater, said, “Today marked an important landmark in Stonewater’s continued efforts to provide affordable homes for people in the Coldwaltham and South Downs National Park area.

“It was wonderful to spend time with the local community, especially the pupils from St James’ Primary School, who made a very important contribution to this development.”

Cllr Tricia Youtan, Cabinet Member for Community and Wellbeing at Horsham District Council, said, “At present, the demand for affordable homes in our area exceeds supply, so these properties are very much welcomed. They will provide eight households with high quality housing from which they can lead fulfilling lives, close friends and family.”

Rural Housing Week marked at much-needed affordable village development in West Sussex

Leading social housing provider Stonewater has marked Rural Housing Week (2-6 July) in Coldwaltham, West Sussex, by giving delivery partners, local councils and nearby St James’ School a sneak peek at its almost-complete new affordable rental housing development, Shackleton Close.

The new Stonewater homes are helping to meet a housing crisis in rural villages and towns where only eight per cent of housing is affordable compared with 20 per cent in main urban centres.

The Shackleton Close village scheme has been funded by Stonewater with an additional £142,888 grant-funding from Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency) and £100,000 from Horsham District Council.  Set for completion this summer, the sensitively designed development will provide a mix of four two-bedroom and four three-bedroom houses – all for low-cost affordable rent.

Stonewater’s new homes will be equipped with cost- and energy-saving systems including high levels of insulation, and as there is no mains gas in the village, Stonewater will also provide each home with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) central heating.

The new homes will be allocated through Horsham District Council with priority given to people who already have a local connection to the village area.

“At a time when the average rent in the Horsham district eats up well over a third of the average local wage**, more and more young people and families who have grown up in the village are finding themselves forced to move away to find a home they can afford,” says James Bradbury, Deputy Director of Development at Stonewater. “This has a devastating impact on the sustainability of village shops and local services which is evidenced by the closure of 31 post offices across the region in the past five years and 217 pubs between 2013 and 2016.

“These new affordable homes at Shackleton Close are a great example of how housing associations can work together with local authorities to tackle this problem, building village-friendly homes that local people can truly afford. These homes however, have to be the right type of housing, in the right location, to stimulate growth, diversity and long-term prosperity.”

Stonewater has worked closely with St James’ School during the construction and recently held a wood-carving event inviting the pupils to design the public art piece which will be installed at the development.

Monica Burns, External Affairs Manager for rural housing at the National Housing Federation, says: “Far too few homes are being built for local people and villages are dying as a result. Young people are moving to cities and often house prices are rocketing. Right across rural England, schools are shutting their doors to pupils. Post offices, which provide vital community services, are closing at a similar rate and countless pubs are serving their last ever orders to locals.

“It’s therefore very welcome news that housing associations like Stonewater are stemming this tide by building the new homes local people desperately need.”

Councillor Tricia Youtan, Cabinet Member for Community and Wellbeing at Horsham District Council, says: “We are pleased to have been able to support the delivery of this scheme in conjunction with Stonewater and Homes England.”

“In a District such as ours we need to ensure we are supporting rural communities to deliver much-needed affordable homes. When completed, this scheme will be a great addition to the Coldwaltham community. The properties look wonderful and are sympathetic to their surroundings.”

LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018

Trinity Homes is pleased to announce that two of their most recent projects have been shortlisted as finalists for the South East LABC Building Excellence Awards in the category of Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development.

The sites are Leap Cross, Hailsham, a development of 6 houses and 6 flats for Wealden District Council and Sumach Close, Eastbourne, a development of 13 flats for Eastbourne Homes.

The Awards take place in late June at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.


New council flats ready in time for Christmas!

Thirteen families will be moving into their brand-new flats in time for Christmas after the official opening of Pear Tree Court in Eastbourne.

The 13 one and two bedroomed flats in Sumach Close, Hampden Park, were opened by Eastbourne Mayor Councillor Pat Hearn after completion of the £2 million development that will be managed by Eastbourne Homes.

Also at the opening were children from Oakwood Primary Academy, who buried a time capsule in the footings of the site at the start of the year and contributed to the naming of the development.

Items buried in the capsule included a daily newspaper, stamps, Pokemon cards, money, a mobile phone and a calculator.

The opening was also attended by Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, and Councillor Colin Swansborough, who represents Hampden Park.

Councillor Tutt thanked the children for their contribution to the project and developers Trinity Homes.

He said: “This is a fantastic development and I would like to thank everyone involved for ensuring it is completed in time for Christmas. It couldn’t be a better present for the families who will be moving in.”

Date:  8th December 2017

Sumach Close – Time Capsule

Time capsule buried at new development

Oakwood pupils bury time capsule at new flats at Sumach Close.

Children from Oakwood Primary Academy visited a new development of flats at Sumach Close to bury a time capsule in the footings of the site. Items put forward include a daily newspaper, stamps, photos, Pokémon cards, money, emoji signs, a mobile phone and a calculator.

Dan Lawes, from property developer Trinity Homes, said, “This will be marked on the site for future generations to discover.”

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Leap Cross Opening

Nus Ghani, the MP for Wealden, has formally opened Wealden District Council’s latest affordable housing development, Leap Close in Hailsham.

At the opening ceremony, Cllr Pam Doodes, Vice Chairman of Wealden District Council said: “This project has been a great success largely due to the team who have worked on it, and this bears testament to Wealden District Council’s commitment to partnership working. I would like to thank architects Churchill Hui, for designing such a striking scheme, Baily Garner, who provided Employers Agent services for this project, and Trinity Homes, a local company, who built the homes.”

“It is great to be here to celebrate our commitment to delivering high quality Council Housing for rent to those in need in our District, and to reaffirm our commitment to investing in our communities,” added Cllr Graham Wells, Portfolio Holder for Housing. “Wealden District Council has a fine record of delivering high quality Affordable homes both through our work with Registered Providers, and through developing sites in our own right.

We are proud to be delivering such good quality housing, challenging many of the misconceptions around Council Housing, and most importantly striving to counter housing need within the District.”

All the homes on this development have been allocated to local families. Two of the families kindly accompanied Mrs Ghani and other guests around their new homes so they could see the high quality and innovative designs of the properties first-hand.

The completed scheme delivers twelve affordable homes made up of 3x one bedroom flats, 3x two bedroom flats, 4x two bedroom houses and 2x three bedroom houses. Reflecting the previous use of the land as an industrial site the new homes boast a fresh contemporary approach to traditional design, and feature zinc standing seam roofs echoing the site’s industrial past.

Hailsham is the area of Wealden with the highest level of Housing Need, with nearly a third of those on the Housing Register waiting for accommodation in the town. Leap Close represents the start of Wealden District Council’s second phase of new build projects which will deliver over a hundred new homes, including a further seventeen in Hailsham, before the end of 2018.

Leap Cross – Local Families have moved in

Twelve local families have recently moved into Wealden’s new council housing development on London Road, Hailsham

The new homes, designed by Churchill Hui architects, boast a fresh contemporary approach to traditional design, and feature zinc standing seam roofs echoing the site’s industrial past.

The properties, which have been built by Eastbourne-based contractor Trinity Homes, offer a range of one, two and three-bedroom accommodation, all with private outside space in the form of secluded gardens or large, south facing balconies.  Taking a fabric-first approach, the buildings make the most of the materials used in their construction, increasing efficiency and reducing energy consumption. The homes incorporate high levels of insulation which will help keep running costs down and further increase the affordability of these homes. Locally-sourced material and labour have been used where ever possible.

“This eye-catching development shows how carefully considered modern design can complement its surroundings with impressive results,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Wealden Cabinet member for Housing. “Leap Close will provide much-needed affordable housing for local people in an area of high housing need, and I am sure that our new residents will be very happy here.”

A further 17 homes are currently being developed on St Mary’s Avenue in Hailsham, along with a 67-unit Retirement Living Court in Uckfield.

Photo shows (L-R) : Andy Vincent, Head of Housing at Wealden; Cllr Graham Wells, Wealden Cabinet member for Housing, Ms Sarah Hollaway, resident of Leap Cross and Dan Lawes of Trinity Homes.

Elizabeth Court – Work has begun

Work has begun on Wealden District Council’s exciting new housing project in Town Farm, Hailsham, which will create 17 new council homes on the site of the former Elizabeth Court.

The Council has appointed Eastbourne-based contractor Trinity Homes to build these new homes. The scheme, costing around £2.3million, will provide a mix of 12 flats and five houses which will be made available for rent to local people. The development is expected to take just over a year, and be ready for occupation in September 2018.

“One of our top priorities is to address the need for local housing which local people can afford to live in,” said Andy Vincent, Wealden’s new Head of Housing and Property Services. “These new properties will be a great addition to our existing housing stock, and will provide good quality, contemporary homes to help meet the housing needs of the local community.”

This project is part of the second phase of the Council’s New Build programme and closely follows the Council’s 12 home development at Leap Cross in Hailsham, which was also built by Trinity Homes. “We are delighted to have been appointed to carry out this exciting redevelopment,” said Marcus Cory, Managing Director of Trinity Homes. “We are looking forward to continuing working with Wealden District Council, and building on the successes of Leap Close.” Leap Close will be completed and handed over in mid-June.

Wealden District Council owns and manages 3,100 council houses in the District, as well as providing a range of other housing services including advice about housing options and private housing.

Photo shows (L-R): Marcus Cory, managing director of Trinity Homes and Andy Vincent, Head of Housing at Wealden District Council.

Leap Cross – New Development Nears Completion

Exciting new development nears completion

Wealden’s latest council house development – an exciting mix of flats and houses in Hailsham, is nearing completion

The 12 home development at the former Leap Cross industrial site was officially ‘topped out’ last Friday with a commemorative stone inserted into the wall of one of the properties.

“We’ve included 3 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom flats in the mix to help cater for the increasing demand for smaller homes in the District,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden.

“We currently have 250 people on the Council’s waiting list for housing in Hailsham and the majority are eligible for one or two bedroom accommodation.

“The ground floor flats feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows and walled gardens while and the upstairs flats benefit from balcony views. All the properties feature stunning standing seam zinc roofing, echoing the former industrial use of the site.”

As well as six flats, the development has 4 two-bedroom houses and 2 three-bedroom houses and all feature a high degree of insulation and are wired up to take the latest satellite technology.

The development has been designed by architects Churchill Hui and is being built by Eastbourne-based developer, Trinity Homes, using local professionals to deliver a high-quality finish.

The Leap Cross development is expected to be completed in May 2017, with letting taking place in the spring 2017. Leap Cross is part of the second phase of Wealden’s New Build programme which will see 101 new council homes built by 2020 in Crowborough, Hailsham, Uckfield, and Wadhurst.

The first phase of the New Build programme saw 64 new council homes built at Willingdon, Crowborough and Forest Row.

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