Work is moving at a pace on the first site in the B@Home programme.
Seven energy efficient family homes are being built on a former garage site on Rogers Avenue in Creswell – the first of an anticipated 150 new council homes Bolsover District Council is aiming to build in partnership with Woodhead Living.
The programme of works, launched in December 2015, marks a four-year partnership between Woodhead and the council.
The agreement – named B@Home – was procured through an EEM Ltd framework, and aims to provide local jobs, training opportunities and investment in local business.
This agreement means there will be many benefits, including over 200 training events and more than 50 work experience and apprentice opportunities for local people and businesses.
There will also be a strong focus on employing local people and the local community throughout the housing programme.
Woodhead is already working with local businesses, but it’s the Rogers Avenue site manager, Bob Chadwick, who represents a true local focus, being a life-long Creswell resident, and living just a few hundred yards from site.
The 58 year old was delighted when he heard about the opportunity to work just a stone’s throw from his front door.
“I’ve been working in construction my whole life, but it’s about 25 years since I last worked in Creswell. Being just walking distance away has been fantastic, in fact I realised the other day that I haven’t put diesel in my Woodhead van since November!”
“I’ve often worked outside of the village, but my wife works at the local infant and nursery school and when I mention her to people they usually say she looked after my son, daughter or grandchild. Through her I have something in common with most people around here and that really helps particularly when we’re dealing with more disruptive points in the build.”
“I very much look forward to completing these fantastic new homes and seeing new tenants move in.”