Trainees lay first brick at new £2.2m sheltered housing complex

First brick: Ryan Petch, 17 and Connor Manford, 19 make a start on the new housing development for the over 55s at Shiregreen.

First brick: Ryan Petch, 17 and Connor Manford, 19 make a start on the new housing development for the over 55s at Shiregreen.

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TWO APPRENTICE construction workers have laid the first brick of a new £2.2 million sheltered housing scheme in Sheffield.

Ryan Petch, aged 17, and Connor Manford, 19, both of Shiregreen, helped to launch the start of work on Sanctuary Housing’s Sicey Pavilion Apartments in Shiregreen – a name picked by local school children.

Representatives of Sanctuary Housing, the developers, and members of the Homes and Communities Agency – who provided £1.2million of funding – were also at the event.

The new flats will consist of 24 two-bedroom apartments built for the over 55s.

They are expected to be completed by April 2012.

The flats will have some environmentally-friendly features including solar panels, which should mean reduced heating bills for the tenants.

Mr Connor, who works for Frank Haslam Milan, said: “This scheme is really close to where I live. I come from Shiregreen and so I am really looking forward to being one of the apprentices working on the development.”

Rob Harbourne, regional development manager, said: “We are committed to providing new, high-quality affordable housing for people in Sheffield and are delighted to announce the start of this exciting new project.”

“It will be an important part of the local community and we look forward to watching the development progress.”

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