Work at Pont ex-library site ‘on schedule’

From left, Ascent Homes development director Duncan Bowman, Claire Scott, head of sales and marketing for Ascent Homes, and Jeff Charlton of Surgo Construction are pictured at the site.
From left, Ascent Homes development director Duncan Bowman, Claire Scott, head of sales and marketing for Ascent Homes, and Jeff Charlton of Surgo Construction are pictured at the site.

A new residential development by Ascent Homes on the site of the former Ponteland Library is making good progress – with completion currently on schedule for the end of October.

Surgo Construction was appointed last year to undertake the 59-week housing project, beginning with the demolition of the old library and preparation of the site off Thornhill Road for development.

Hemingway Court, as the scheme is to be known, will feature a collection of 25, one and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses built in two individual blocks over three storeys and linked at first and second floor level with a contemporary glazed bridge.

Construction director Jeff Charlton said: “The foundations are now in place and we are making good progress with the block work, so it should all start to take shape swiftly thereafter.

“This is a sensitive site with a number of restrictions in terms of access and egress. The assisted living development, Henderson Court, backs on to the site and there are retail facilities opposite, along with a lot of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, particularly at peak times.

“As a result, we have to use smaller delivery vehicles and ensure deliveries are made between 9.30am to 2.30pm, keeping any disruption to roads and facilities to a minimum, and carry out operations likely to create dirt or noise at times when they will cause least disturbance.

“In spite of these challenges and the recent bad weather, I’m delighted to report that our first housing development for Ascent Homes is going smoothly and is on schedule.”

Claire Scott, head of sales and marketing for Ascent Homes, said: “Hemingway Court has something for everybody, with its central location and landscaped setting likely to be key features for would-be buyers.

“We are delighted to see how much progress is being made at the site.

“It offers the ideal opportunity for those wishing to get onto the property ladder, or for anyone who is looking to downsize and move into a more manageable property.

“We are already hearing that there has been a lot of interest from potential buyers, which is great news.”