Newcastle engineers RWO has won major new work to support the development of dozens of new affordable homes in County Durham.

The undisclosed deal sees the firm providing its civil and structural engineering services and expertise to affordable homes provider Karbon Homes, which is developing a mix of 107 new homes, including a single storey apartment block for residents over 55, on land at Roseberry College in Pelton, County Durham.

Planning, flood risk analysis, design expertise and local authority sewage adoption agreements are being provided by RWO as part of six-figure package of engineering support for a project that will feature 28 apartments and eight bungalows with associated open space and car parking.

The multi-million-pound scheme comes as the Government continues to push for the delivery of new properties to meet the chronic housing shortage and arrest the decline in the affordability of home ownership. It also wants to relieve the pressure on the social rented sector, which has prompted the growth in private renting.

The work at Pelton also follows RWO continued strong growth in residential work across the North East with engineering services provided to support the development of new homes on Washington FC’s former ground and an affordable housing project in Spennymoor. Elsewhere it works for Erris Homes in Leeds and Seagate Homes in Lincolnshire.

Currently employing 30 people and targeting revenues in excess of £2.5m in the next six months, RWO is continuing to recruit for a number of engineering and technician roles to support new business and growth.

Ross Oakley, managing director of RWO, said: “We are delighted to continue to develop our partnership with Karbon Homes, supporting them on this latest development. Our residential offering continues to expand, and this latest work comes as we see more success this year and beyond on the back of strong regional and national work.”

Lea Smith, Development Manager at Karbon Homes, said: “RWO continues to be a key partner for us. Working alongside our in-house teams, they ensure our projects are delivered on time as we continue to invest and expand to meet the huge demand across the North East for high quality affordable homes.”