Project Award: John Barker Place

Jarvis Contracting are delighted to have been appointed as the main contractor by settle, the 9,500-home Letchworth-based social landlord, to deliver the first two phases of their flagship regeneration project at John Barker Place on the Westmill Estate in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Phases 1 and 2 of this attractive design and build scheme, will provide 83 new homes, across three separate blocks. Phase 1 comprises 37no 1 bedroom retirement living apartments in building 1, with space for two retail units on the ground floor; phase 2 comprises 12 retirement living 1 bedroom apartments and 12no, 1 bedroom apartments without age restriction in building 2; a further 22no, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for shared ownership are in building 3. The buildings in phase 2 are formed around a striking courtyard, providing a secluded landscaped garden area for the residents to enjoy.

The new homes at John Barker Place are being delivered following extensive consultation with local residents and members of the wider community, and are significant in ensuring settle fulfils its commitment to build 1,500 homes – 90% of which will be affordable – by 2024.

Last week, settle opened a new play area at Swinburne playing fields in Hitchin – another significant step in its regeneration of John Barker Place. The play area includes wheelchair accessible facilities and is suitable for children of all ages, meaning as many young people as possible are able to benefit from settle's investment in their area

"This is our first opportunity to work alongside settle, helping it to achieve its social purpose. We are very proud to have been selected to deliver what will be a stunning new community development, supporting settle to provide much-need affordable homes to scores of Hitchin households."

— Mark Doyle

“This is settle’s first regeneration project, and I am delighted we will be working with Jarvis Contracting to deliver the first two phases of the redevelopment of John Barker Place. Working with our partners and local residents, we are committed to improving neighbourhoods and life outcomes for residents by investing in both the quality of new affordable homes and places.”

— Gavin Cansfield, settle chief executive