Posted on Thursday 23 June 2016 by Ulster Business

Fold to build 400 new homes

Pictured are, from left, Ciarán Fox, director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, John McLean, chief executive of Fold Housing Association and Heather Burton, director of Donaghmore Construction.

One of the biggest housing associations in Northern Ireland is to build 400 new homes across the region in a £40m investment.

Fold Housing Association said the project will create over 500 construction jobs for the duration of the build, some of which are already in place.

It has started work on a number of developments, including the former Visteon site in West Belfast where 244 private and social homes are being built.

John McLean, chief executive of Fold Housing Association, said the association now has 6,600 homes under its charge including sheltered housing, housing with care and related care services.

Speaking at the announcement of the new project, he revealed the organisation is 40 years old.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our 40th year and taking this opportunity to not only look back at the great results which have already been achieved but also look ahead to a positive future, he said. “We are very proud of our strong links with the community and generations of residents, tenants and service users who have put their trust in us.

“The achievements of Fold have been possible through the dedication, hard work and innovation of staff and board members, past and present, working in tandem with business partners to provide the very best in housing, care and support.”

Fold was formed in 1976 as a response of a group of committed volunteers to meet housing and care needs for older people.  Since then the organisation has developed a network of sheltered housing, housing with care and related care services.

It has turnover of £40m a year employs over 850 people in 60 towns across Northern Ireland. 

It has recently diversified to become the largest provider of assistive technology in Ireland with 23,000 homes availing of its Telecare and Telehealth services enabling people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and COPD to manage their own health.

Image 1: Pictured at the announcement that Fold Housing Association will invest £40m in 2016 as it celebrates its 40th year as a social enterprise is (L-R) Ciarán Fox, director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, John McLean, chief executive of Fold Housing Association and Heather Burton, director of Donaghmore Construction.

Image 2: Pictured at the announcement that Fold Housing Association will invest £40m in 2016 as it celebrates its 40th year as a social enterprise is (L-R) Ciarán Fox, director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, Fold tenant Donna Thompson, John McLean, chief executive of Fold Housing Association and Heather Burton, director of Donaghmore Construction.

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