Representatives from Oxford City Council joined developer Willmott Dixon and others to top out a flagship housing scheme.

Bridges Cross in Speedwell Street, a block of 36 new homes, delivered by the council’s housing company Ox Place, will help supply the acute need for social housing in the city when it completes next year.

The scheme is on the site of a former homeless hostel called Lucy Faithfull House. It will provide 15 council homes let at social rent, three council homes at affordable rent and eight homes sold on a shared ownership basis. The remaining 10 flats are for market sale.

The development was aided by £1.78 million from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. It will have enhanced insulation and air tightness standards, rooftop solar panels and each flat will have two cycle spaces. The only car parking will be two spaces for people with disabilities. There will be two communal gardens.

Richard Poulter, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s central south region, said: “This project will play an important role in OX Place delivering the council’s ambitious housing development programme.

“We are working closely with Oxford City Council on its decarbonisation programme, and we are proud to be embedding a wealth of sustainable building techniques at Bridges Cross, which once complete will allow it to operate at 40 per cent  below current Government carbon reduction targets.”

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