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Designed and built to include many carbon saving measures including air-source heat pump

and heat recovery ventilation, The Mannings development at Shoreham-by-Sea has just been

topped out by construction and development company Real (

The Mannings is set to provide the area with a new lease of life, replacing the former 40-apartment building, which dated back to the early 1980s, with 74 new high-quality affordable homes fit for the modern living.  Comprising one to three-bedroom apartments, these new homes will be a mix of Social Rent and Shared Ownership tenures, creating a vibrant community that accommodates the varying needs of the local area.  The project is designed to put resident wellbeing first, featuring private outdoor areas and 86 new bicycle spaces to promote active and sustainable travel.  

On 5 July, Real joined together with Southern Housing and local councillors, Catherine Arnold, Jeremy Gardner and Steve Neocleous to celebrate this latest milestone and have a tour of the project which will be ready for residents early next year.  In keeping with the centuries-old tradition of topping out, a yew tree branch was placed at the highest point of the building by Real CEO Paul Nicholls.

“It is great to be topping out on a local scheme for a great client, Southern Housing, who has worked with us through difficult economic times to make fantastic progress,” says Paul Nicholls, CEO, Real.  “We are now one step closer to delivering much-needed affordable housing in Shoreham using local workers and supply-chain to create a sustainable community, and we couldn’t be prouder.”
“This development has been a great example of involving residents in the co-creation of our services,” adds Cathy Bacon, Head of Delivery and Regeneration, Southern Housing.  “By working with the existing residents through the design and development process, through the selection of our contractor, and then throughout the construction we believe we’ll create a thriving new community that Adur can be proud of.”

“Community engagement has been key in the creation of these affordable, sustainable homes,” adds Councillor Catherine Arnold, Adur & Worthing Councils.  “We can see it’s going to be a step change for the local area, and we look forward to the project’s completion.”

Real was appointed in September 2021, as the partner of choice for The Mannings by Southern Housing, as well as a selection of local residents, keeping them at the heart of the project and consulting them on the design, construction and materials used.  This scheme represents a great collaborative relationship between Real, Southern Housing and the local community.

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