Harworth: Shelley lays first brick of 21 new homes to be built at Smith Square

A1 Housing Tenant Shelley McVay layed one of the first bricks at A1 Housing new development at Smith Square in Harworth.
A1 Housing Tenant Shelley McVay layed one of the first bricks at A1 Housing new development at Smith Square in Harworth.

Delighted A1 Housing tenant Shelley McVay recently had the chance to lay one of the first brinks of a brand new home as Smith Square starts to take shape.

The development in Harworth will see 71 new homes built to replace outdated ‘Airey Houses’ on Smith Square and Thompson Avenue.

And Shelley helped to ‘ceremoniously’ lay a brick to mark the start of construction on the first tranche of properties.

She was also shown the plot where her own home will be built and said: “You wouldn’t normally get the chance to be shown round your new home before it’s even been built, so it’s great to be able to come onto site and see the progress being made.”

A1 Housing’s Don Spittlehouse, Director for Technical and Housing, added: “We’re delighted that Shelley could be involved in the process and lay a brick in one of the first properties on site. This is a real community project and I hope that Shelley is looking forward not only to moving into her new home, but being part of a new community in the village.”

The first phase of the project, which will see 19 properties built and tenants living on Smith Square move into their new homes, is expected to be completed by late summer 2015.

Cllr Alan Chambers, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a fantastic project that will replace the outdated Airey Houses and, as an authority, allow us to build new homes for a new generation. The project is something we should all be very proud of.”