11th February 2022
Deirdre Hargey MLA, Minister for Communities, attended a sod cutting ceremony this week at Beechmount Village in Strabane.
The new Habinteg Housing Association development at Beechmount Avenue is on the site of the former Adria Factory, which specialised in manufacturing textiles. The scheme will create a high quality living environment for prospective residents and will make a positive contribution to the streetscape of this area of Strabane, representing a total investment by Habinteg Housing Association and the Department for Communities of nearly £22m. In addition to 158 residential units, there will also be community space, retail opportunities, a play park and open space landscaping.
Speaking at the site, Minister Hargey said:
“Delivering more social housing to areas most in need is central to my programme of housing reform. The 150 social homes which will be constructed here in at the Old Adria Factory site, will go a long way to meet the housing needs of the Strabane area and help reduce housing stress. The mix of family apartments and houses, coupled with apartments for active older people, will help create a real community feel to the development.”
Darren McKinney, Chief Executive at Habinteg Housing Association said:
“We are of course honoured to be joined by the Minister for Communities today to mark the first phase of construction at Beechmount Village. This new community has been specifically designed to exactly meet the social housing needs of this area of Strabane and will include homes for the over 55s, bungalows and affordable houses for families.”
Habinteg Housing Association appointed the Kevin Watson Group as the main contractor in March 2021 with a programme in place to deliver the scheme within 36 months. There will be a phased handover of the scheme to Habinteg Housing Association with the first homes ready for occupation later in 2022, bringing the long-term vacant brownfield site back into use by delivering a new, high quality, residential-led place to live. The site of the former Adria Factory, which specialised in clothing manufacturing, was previously located there and following its closure, the space has been vacant for more than 15 years.