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24Feb94 UK: BARRATT KICKS OFF ENFIELD HOMES TIE-UP.

Barratt and Country and Metropolitan Homes have teamed up for a massive £100 million housing development at the Highlands Hospital site in Enfield, London.The project will begin early this summer when Barratt will build its first phase of 120 private houses, with another 280 over four years.Overall, Barratt anticipates investing about £40 million in its part of the project which is to be laid out in a 'landscaped village'.Country and Metropolitan is to start the scheme with a mix of social and private housing. It has yet to set a start date for its first phase as it has yet to finalise detailed planning permission for part of its scheme.GHM Project Management is co-ordinating the development which is thought to be one of the biggest residential sites within the M25. Barratt said it will become its largest single UK venture.The 21 ha site has been bought from the North East Thames Regional Health Authority and some of the Victorian buildings will be refurbished as part of the Country and Metropolitan scheme.These will be turned into private homes and family accommodation which will be provided through the Metropolitan Housing Trust.Interspersed throughout the development will be shopping and recreational facilities and 0.8ha of the site will be retained by the Enfield Community Care NHS Trust to provide a nursing home. CONSTRUCTION NEWS