Construction underway for accessible housing in Sunderland

Tolent | October 12, 2020

Tolent has been appointed by Sunderland City Council to build accessible and affordable housing – the first council houses to be built in Sunderland for almost 40 years. The accessible and affordable housing includes 17 bungalows, 16 of which will be specially adapted to provide homes for people with physical disabilities, and one for general needs at Cork Street in Hendon. The new homes are being built with the help of £765,000 of Homes England funding secured for the project by the City Council to help build new social housing in the city. The City Council will build a new £1.4m day centre to support people with physical disabilities across the city. The Day Centre and the first eight of the bungalows to be built as part of the scheme have an anticipated completion date of summer 2021. The council confirmed its plans to move into the rented housing sector late last year. The project is one element of a wider £59m programme for a range of affordable housing projects across Sunderland over the next five years.

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In 2002, the CIA flew an unmanned drone for the first time, for a targeted killing. However, the first unmanned aerial vehicle goes back to 1839 when Austrian soldiers attacked Venice with an explosive-filled hot air balloon. Through the centuries, drone technology continued to focus on military usage and surveillance.

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In 2002, the CIA flew an unmanned drone for the first time, for a targeted killing. However, the first unmanned aerial vehicle goes back to 1839 when Austrian soldiers attacked Venice with an explosive-filled hot air balloon. Through the centuries, drone technology continued to focus on military usage and surveillance.

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