Residents looking for a new home have a pick of 56 stylish new houses as EQUANS – the new name for ENGIE’s services-led activity – has completed work on the Keelman Rise development in Sunderland on behalf of leading housing association Gentoo.

The £7.6million scheme played a key part in Gentoo’s regeneration of the site off Kidderminster Road, with the 48 homes and eight bungalows the final phase of development at the Downhill project.

Located close to key public transport links – and the A19 – the new development features a range of two-and-three-bedroom homes available for affordable rent that give residents near the Sunderland scheme the opportunity to move into a modern, high-quality home, that perfectly suits their needs.

Work on the site, which looks out over the River Wear, was done with the existing community in mind. Disruption was kept to a minimum, and the EQUANS site team – joined by local volunteers and colleagues from Gentoo – conducted a number of litterpicks on the green space that backs on to the site to support the environment.

Louise Buckton, New Build Director at EQUANS, said: “It is great to see the full Keelman Rise development come together now that the site team has put the finishing touches on the last of the 56 new homes.

“All the homes are very visually striking, and hopefully appeal to future residents too, who can benefit from a modern, high-quality property which gives them the space to be able to spend many happy years living in their new home.

“I want to pass on my personal thanks and congratulations to the EQUANS site team, who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic to keep the project on-track and to our usual high standards.”

Joanne Gordon, Development Director at Gentoo Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have completed work on our Keelman Rise development, the first in our major multi-million pound investment into creating a new era of affordable housing in Sunderland.

“The development has provided high-quality, modern homes for over one hundred Gentoo tenants and we’ve received brilliant feedback from those now living in these new homes and I look forward to working with EQUANS to deliver more vital affordable homes to the area over the coming year.”