Belfast Telegraph

Social enterprise Radius Housing complete a record 363 new builds during the past year

Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Radius Housing completed 363 new builds in 2018/19, the social home provider has said.

The social enterprise now provides housing and support to almost 13,000 homes.

Radius was formed in April 2017 following the merger of Fold Housing Association and Helm Housing,

On the back of a £14m build programme in the year to March 31 2018, the housing association has announced additional investment which will see 469 new homes on site in 2019/2020, including a £3.3m project to deliver 22 new homes on the Beersbridge Road, where construction recently started.

The reporting period saw Radius announce a £50m funding package with Barclays to help build 800 new homes by 2020.

The association's chief executive John McLean said Radius would work towards achieving 2,000 new homes within five years.

"When Radius was formed just over two years ago our ambition was to build new, high quality homes right across Northern Ireland," he said.

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"The fact that we have just completed a record year of completions of new homes is a testament to the drive of our development team.

"We are not only providing new general needs accommodation, we are also able to help families get on to the housing ladder with new affordable homes, and are contributing significantly to overall government targets for housing construction," the chief executive said.

"These development projects also support the local economy, keeping much needed construction jobs and apprenticeships in the local economy.

"In meeting and exceeding our own targets Radius is helping to address housing need in areas of high demand, and we are committed to making a bigger impact through our ongoing community development programmes."

Radius also reported that it successfully sold all homes in its first affordable housing schemes in Bangor and Dungannon.

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