£6 million Fold housing scheme on former Daintifyt site is handed over

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

£6 million Fold housing scheme on former Daintifyt site is handed over thumbnailFold Housing Associationís new high quality homes at Burnvale Crescent, formerly site of the Daintifyt factory at Burn Road, Cookstown.

A NEW multi-million pound Fold Housing scheme has been officially handed over in Cookstown on the site of the former Daintifyt factory. 

Fold Housing Association has invested over £6m in the construction and land acquisition process for a significant development comprising 58 new homes at Burn Road, just off the town centre.

 A celebration to mark the handover of completed high quality homes at Burnvale Crescent took place last week.

There are 58 homes in total. Forty-three are currently occupied and the remaining 15 are due to be completed and allocated by early December. These tenants should be in their new homes by mid-December.

The houses and apartments have been designed to Lifetime Standards, providing future proof solutions which meet the existing and changing needs of families. 

 The development is designated to become one of 10 social housing "shared neighbourhoods" under the First and Deputy First Minister's "Together: Building a United Community (TBUC) strategy".

As part of the launch event, which took place in the Burnavon Theatre on Monday 21st November, students from South West College performed a specially commissioned production. "Broken Windows" by Brian McMahon covers a diverse range of personal and social issues which affect young people and adults within our society today.

Speaking at the launch event, Diana Fitzsimons, chair of Fold Housing Association said: "Building work on Burnvale Crescent began in 2014 and we are pleased to be able to deliver 58 high quality homes in Cookstown.

"It was particularly important to our organisation that we maximised the opportunities for job creation in the construction sector through the build process.

“Through our wider community investment programme, Fold included social clauses in all supplier contracts for the construction of these new homes which provided employment for unemployed people, placements for students and apprentice opportunities.

"At the height of the work Donaghmore Construction, a Dungannon based firm and the main contractor on the project, had over 70 tradesmen on site."

The first handover of the new homes took place on 1st May and this was followed by a further five handovers. The final handover is scheduled for December.  

Mrs Fitzsimons added: "On behalf of Fold and everyone involved in the building of Burnvale Crescent, I wish all our tenants the very best of luck and every success in their new homes."


Former Daintifyt factory site

The demolition of the former Daintifyt factory at Burn Road in April of this year to make way for the new Fold housing marked the end of an era.

The Daintifyt opened during the Second World War and was a hive of activity manufacturing ladies lingerie.

The Daintifyt factory employed thousands of mainly local ladies over three decades and at one stage had plants at Cookstown, Plumbridge, Markethill, Irvinestown and Limavady, which have all closed.

Locals are hopeful that the name of the new housing development might incorporate the former factory so that the happy memories of years gone by may be retained and recalled in the years to come.


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