WORK has begun on the second phase of an award-winning development of new £1million-plus homes at Belbroughton.

Horgan Homes has broken ground on the Manor Gardens gated development which will comprise four new exclusive three-bedroom single storey homes at Hackman’s Gate.

The Dudley based family run construction firm won a silver award in the Best Small Housebuilder category and bronze for the Best Luxury House for its show home in the What House? awards - the ‘oscars’ of the UK’s housebuilding industry - last year.

It has also won two regional awards in the UK arm of the prestigious International Property Awards for the best residential development and best residential show home that director Sophie Horgan will receive at a ceremony in London at the end of this month.

Sophie said: “There is already a nationwide shortage of single storey properties but very little exists in the £1m+ price bracket for discerning homeowners who want a one-level home that also brings exemplary style and design together in the same package.

“These will be bungalows — but not the type that people are perhaps used to! They will have an open plan and contemporary style and will lend themselves to a variety of buyers including families and older couples looking for a forever home.”

Horgan Homes, which has been building homes across the Midlands for more than 30 years, was founded by experienced bricklayer John Horgan as J.P. Horgan Builders when he spotted a gap in the market for quality homes in prime locations.

It rebranded as Horgan Homes 15 years ago when his daughter Sophie joined the team.

The first phase of this latest project comprised nine homes which have all been sold and are now occupied.

The Manor Gardens bungalows are expected to come to market in 2022 and will be sold through The Lee Shaw Partnership.

Partner Robert Totney said: “We are delighted to be working with Horgan Homes on phase two of Manor Gardens, having secured sales on the first properties. The attention to detail of Sophie and her team is second to none and these homes will certainly bring something fresh to the housing stock in the area.”