Work begins on transformational housing for YMCA

Building work on 60 flats specifically designed for young people in employment, education and training has begun on Cotton Lane in Derby.

This project was initiated following on from an extensive piece of work through the YMCA movement which looked at the housing market from a young person’s perspective. The research found that young people entering work or on low wages faced considerable barriers to accessing the housing market.

As a result, Pelham have been engaged by YMCA Derbyshire as development agent with the build being carried out by Modus Partnerships. Through the Blue Skies Consortium a grant was also successfully obtained from Homes England.

Fran Cropper, Development and New Business Manager at Pelham, comments: “We are delighted to see works commence at Cotton Lane. We have experience of working with clients to inject new high quality housing schemes on derelict sites which will bring a new lease of life to the area.

“The design has been driven by the needs and requirements of the young people who will live and thrive in these new homes. The flats will be energy efficient to reduce fuel poverty and utilise green energy to help reduce running costs. Our specialist architects and development team will be working very closely with YMCA Derbyshire to bring this plan to life.”

Gillian Sewell, Chief Executive at YMCA Derbyshire, commented: “This project has been four years in the making and we are so pleased that thanks to support from our partners, Derby City Council and Derby Homes we’ll be able to provide this offering to young people in Derby. It’s so important that we invest in the youth of our city as they become the future leaders of our businesses and our communities.”

Construction is due to be finished in September 2024.