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Sixteen new affordable homes completed at Laurel Bank in Chester

3 September 2015
(L-R) Cllr Jill Houlbrook with Lily Hobbs, Managing Director of Sanctuary Maintenance Paul Finch (back row), Frankie Lace, (front), Sam Hobbs, Linda Hobbs and Charlie Lace with Louise Chambers, Sanctuary Project Manager, outside the new home at Laurel Bank.

Sixteen Chester families are settling into their new environmentally friendly homes which have been built by Sanctuary Group.

Sanctuary delivers new homes at Laurel Bank, Upton

The new properties in Laurel Bank, Upton, include features such as water saving taps, eco-friendly boilers, extra insulation and soundproofing, and sun tunnels in the roofs which create natural light on the landings to help save on electricity costs.

Sanctuary Maintenance is building four developments across Chester

Working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency, Sanctuary has built four new developments across Chester, which is providing some much needed affordable accommodation in the city.

Sanctuary’s commitment to employment opportunities

As part of Sanctuary’s commitment to creating employment opportunities for local people, five apprentices and two trainees worked on the Laurel Bank development, where they gained valuable experience across trades including plumbing, joinery, bricklaying and electrical skills. On-site work placements were also provided to construction students from West Cheshire College.

Community involvement at Laurel Bank development

Sanctuary also held a ‘design a fantasy playground’ competition for pupils from nearby Acresfield Primary School in Upton. The designs have inspired plans for a new play area, which will be installed at the scheme over the coming months.

Paul Finch, Managing Director of Sanctuary Maintenance, said: “Laurel Bank has been a superb initiative for our team to work on, developing their multi-skills for future projects and repairs in the area. We hope the residents who have just moved in enjoy their new homes.”

Local councillor Jill Houlbrook was given a tour of the scheme where she was able to meet some of the residents and see the homes.

Cllr Houlbrook said: “It is great to see new homes available for local people and so positive that Sanctuary has provided an increase in the number of affordable homes in Upton.”

Linda Hobbs, who has moved in to Laurel Bank with her two children, Charlie and Frankie Lace, and sisters, Lily and Sam, said: “Our new home is marvellous. I can’t fault it. Everybody knows each other at Laurel Bank and there is a real community feel.”