Avant Homes bringing 226 new homes and 250 jobs to Kirklees with acquisition of hospital site from HBD

Yorkshire homebuilder Avant Homes has purchased a 20-acre parcel of land at the former St Luke’s Hospital site in Huddersfield, where it plans to build 226 new homes and create up to 250 sales and construction jobs.

The site has been sold in a joint venture partnership between Henry Boot Developments (HBD) and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Planning was granted for the development by Kirklees Council in April this year.

Located just off Blackmoorfoot Road, the Avant development, called Fitzwilliam Grange, will restore the brownfield site to positive use, having been vacant for more than eight years. HBD will develop a remaining two-acres at the 22-acre site.

Work has already begun on the £58m development, where Avant will provide 16 different design-led house types across a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes. 11 properties have been designated as ‘starter’ homes, offering an affordable entry level property for first time buyers.

Avant Homes Yorkshire managing director, Chris Coley, said: “Fitzwilliam Grange is an exciting development for us, in a town which is undergoing significant regeneration. We are pleased to be bringing a brownfield site back into active use, providing the area with high-quality homes in this highly sustainable location.

“Offering fantastic views over the town, excellent nearby amenities and a wide range of our very latest housetypes we’re expecting the development to prove extremely popular.”

The first homes are due for completion in mid-2020, with the overall build expected to take just over five years. Showhomes are expected to be unveiled in July 2020.

Andrew Milne, Senior Development Surveyor at HBD, said: “The sale of land to Avant paves the way for the development of hundreds of much-needed new homes and supports the delivery of Kirklees’ ambitious Local Plan. We look forward to seeing life return to this excellent site and will continue to work closely with our JV partner to develop the final 2 acres.”

HBD is experienced in the successful delivery of joint venture partnerships, with numerous such schemes currently underway across the country, including its flagship Markham Vale development, Phoenix 10 in Walsall, believed to be one of the largest brownfield redevelopment sites in the country, and the £350m International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland.

Based in Wakefield, Avant Homes Yorkshire is an operating company of the Avant Homes group, one of the leading private developers of residential property in the UK. It currently operates across 14 sites throughout Yorkshire, stretching from The Lanes in Knaresborough to Sorby Village in Rotherham.