A PROJECT to build 29 much-needed new council homes in Grays has been shortlisted for an award.
Thurrock Council is building a five-storey residential block on the former Tops Social Club site in Argent Street as it continues to invest in affordable housing for residents on the borough’s housing register.
The development will include parking spaces, a children’s playground and other facilities, as well as the 15 two-bedroom flats, eight one-bedroom flats and six three-bedroom maisonettes.
The project, which is expected to be completed in early 2020, has now been named as a finalist in the Housing Schemes under 50 homes category at the Housing Essex Excellence Awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in October.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We believe everyone should have a good quality home and are committed to investing in new council homes for our residents.
“Work is currently under way on three schemes that will create a total of 117 new council homes in Thurrock, while we are also developing proposals for up to 500 more over the next five to ten years.
“The Tops Club development will provide much-needed affordable housing in an excellent location, close to the riverfront, town centre and railway station. The modern design will also visually improve the area and is another example of our ambitious regeneration plans in Grays.
“I am delighted the project has been shortlisted for an award and look forward to seeing the scheme completed.”
Two of the council’s housing occupational therapists, Maureen Gallocker and Shona Gormley, have also been shortlisted in the Housing Professional of the Year category at the Housing Essex Excellence Awards.