Work begins on Winsford council estate

Construction work on a £16.2m council development in Winsford, Cheshire has been started by Engie.

Engie is redeveloping a brownfield site in Winsford for QWest Homes, its joint venture with Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC).

138 homes are to be built – five of which are designed to be zero carbon – with £4m backing from the Homes England Accelerated Construction funding programme. Salford-based ForViva Housing Group is also involved.

Construction is expected to complete in February 2023.

Head of land and partnerships at Engie, Peter Hayes, said: “The signing of this deal is the culmination of 18 months of working collaboratively with our partners to develop this innovative new financially efficient housing delivery model, helping QWest and the Council to deliver low carbon, affordable homes”.

QWest Homes is an offshoot of Engie’s already established QWest Services joint venture with the council, which supplies various public services.

Matt Bryan, Councillor in charge of housing said: “We have been working with private sector developers for a number of years now to ensure the council delivers its much needed affordable housing in a more efficient manner”.