Work starts on £13m family homes at Kelham

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WORK is due to begin this month on the first major development of family houses in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield.

A total of 107 houses are to be built over the next three years on the site of the former Green Lane Works in a £13m eco-friendly project by Leeds-based property developer Citu.

Prices will range from £115,000 for a one-bedroom property to £250,000 for four bedrooms, with the first houses scheduled for completion by next January.

The new homes are designed to vary the mix at Kelham, which has seen a surge in construction of private apartments and student accommodation in recent years.

Citu is looking to attract first time buyers as well as families. In some cases, it says there are young couples currently in private apartments now looking for family accommodation.

The landmark Green Lane clock tower and adjacent former works will be restored for residential, commercial and community use, while another old building, Eagle Works, overlooking the River Don, is earmarked for conversion into accommodation for craft businesses, a gym for residents and a cafe.

Most of the site, though, is being cleared for new houses with their own garages. A one-way traffic system is being introduced, with landscaping to slow down vehicles and to deter on-road parking.

One of the main features of ‘Little Kelham’ will be its environmental credentials. The complex is designed to be self-sufficient, with energy coming from bio-mass, solar panels and log burners. Residents will have shares in an energy company.

Citu bought the site last year from Raven Properties, which had council permission for more than 300 apartments, and describes Kelham as “a hidden gem”. After developing the award-winning Greenhouse residential development in Leeds, it has turned to Sheffield.

Aisling Ramshaw, head of sales and marketing, said: “The mix of housing available will attract first time buyers as well as families. We intend to mix the old by refurbishing the existing buildings preserving part of Sheffield’s great heritage, and introduce the new by building sustainable and eco-friendly homes that respond to the growing demand of responsible house purchasers.

“The plans for commercial and leisure options will also ensure this will be a vibrant area in itself. Citu intends to become part of this community and it is exciting to be at the start of, what we intend, to be a pioneering building project.”

A marketing suite is due to open next month.

Townhouses with rooftop gardens and patios are being built for students at Dunfields in Kelham, between Green Lane and Shalesmoor.

More than 80 students will be accommodated in a private development designed as “a truly boutique concept in student living”.

Each room will be individually designed by interior designer Julie Poulter, of Sheffield-based Coda Studios, and the townhouses will be grouped around a garden with five pieces of outdoor gym equipment.

Individual flats are now available to purchase through Knight Knox International, with prices starting at £44,000 and a rental assurance in place for Year 1. Phase one construction is due for completion in September and phase two in December.