Esh wins largest housing contract in firm’s history


Esh Construction has secured the largest housing contract in the firm’s history, valued at £56 million.

Grove Hill plan.
Credit: IDPartnership Northern.

The new scheme in Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, will add to Esh’s £166 million affordable housing pipeline in the North East and Tees Valley.

Developer Thirteen Group and Homes England will fund most of the scheme, with Tees Valley Combined Authority securing £2.8 million from the Government’s Brownfield Housing Fund. 

The firm began construction this week and expects the first houses to be available by Autumn 2025. 

Full scope 

Map of the housing plan. [Credit: IDPartnership Northern].
Map of the housing plan. [Credit: IDPartnership Northern].
Designed by IDPartnership Northern, the scheme involves the construction of 296 affordable two, three and four bedroom houses and bungalows. 

Esh will develop protected, semi-private green spaces for the community, connecting the homes to the existing green space and cycle route along The Vale.


Esh’s project team include: 

  • 3E Consulting Engineers.
  • Elliott Associates.
  • ONE Environment. 

Wider Middlesbrough regeneration 

Esh will also develop two other housing schemes for Thirteen, with a combined worth of £42 million. 

The following sites will deliver 250 new homes for affordable rent: 

  • Kedward Avenue in Brambles Farm. 
  • Union Village in Gresham. 

Thirteen plans have invested £110 million in these projects, intending to deliver 540 affordable homes in Middlesbrough. 

Earlier this year, Middlesbrough Council received £25 million from the Towns Fund for its housing and transport-led regeneration programme. 

By 2030, the North Yorkshire town expects to create 2000 new urban homes in the town centre. 

On the recent win, Esh’s chief executive Andy Radcliffe said: “This scheme represents the largest affordable housing development that we have secured. 

“As such, it really is a proud moment to stand alongside our client, Thirteen, and representatives from all partners that helped make this development happen to officially mark the start on site.” 

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