A private housing scheme in Crossnacreevy (Ilford Park) and a social housing development in Dundonald (720-728 Upper Newtownards Road) have been recently shortlisted for this year’s CEF/Specify Construction Excellence Awards.
The awards, which are one of the most respected and hotly contested awards in the Northern Ireland construction industry, will take place on 12 October 2017 at Culloden Hotel.
Hagan Homes, one of Northern Ireland’s largest homebuilders, constructed both of the shortlisted developments.
Discussing the Ilford Park* development in Crossnacreevy, which has been shortlisted in the “Private Housing” award category, Jamesy Hagan, Managing Director, Hagan Homes, said:
“Ilford Park is an exciting residential development comprising 32 detached, semi detached and linked detached homes situated at the western edge of Crossnacreevy.
“Crossnacreevy is a small picturesque hamlet, which although rurally based, occupies a convenient commuter location to Belfast, Carryduff, Newtownards and Comber. In terms of aesthetics and the desire to minimise the social impact of the development, Hagan Homes strived to create a development of unique, stylish family homes which offer value for money for the customer and which blend effortlessly into the local area creating a higher standard of character.”
The main contractor for the project is PG Contracts Limited. Construction started on site in June 2015 and 25 homes at Ilford Park have so far been completed and handed over. There are only four remaining homes to be sold.
The 30 two-bedroom apartment development at 720-728 Upper Newtownards Road** has also been shortlisted in the “Social Housing” award category. Jamesy Hagan comments:
“For too long, social housing has been allowed to become a term that conjures up low-cost, poor quality housing. We viewed the site at 720-728 Upper Newtownards Road as an opportunity to break new ground and break down old preconceptions.
“37% of identified housing need for Castlereagh falls within the Dundonald area. A particular need has been identified for social housing for single persons, small sized families and the active elderly. The challenge to provide urgently required housing to meet the needs of these sectors of the community in a quality setting was formidable.”
Mr Hagan continues:“Whilst it would have been a simple task to simply replicate the traditional social housing model on this site, Hagan Homes rejected such a simplistic design approach and instead sought to ensure that the housing provided was located in an interesting and vibrant setting.”
The main contractor for the 720-728 Upper Newtownards Road project was Warrenpoint based Eden Contractors Limited. Habinteg Housing Association acquired the scheme for £3.3million in June 2017.
Hagan Homes is a family-run, award-winning company that has built almost 3,300 homes across Northern Ireland since it was established over 29 years ago. The company recently (10 August 2017) announced that its annual home completions for the 2016/17 financial year were up by 8.4% on the previous year. A total of 207 homes were completed across 15 sites in Northern Ireland, an increase of 8.4% on the previous year’s 191. This was Hagan Homes’ second biggest year in terms of completions since it was established in 1988.
The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) is the certified representative body for the construction industry in Northern Ireland. The organisation has over 800 member companies ranging from micro businesses employing a handful of people to the largest construction companies in Northern Ireland. In total, CEF member companies account for over 70% of construction output in Northern Ireland