Woodhead joins Bolsover DC to launch B@Home scheme

The launch of a new council house development in Creswell has marked the start of a four-year partnership between North Notts construction firm Woodhead Group and Bolsover District Council.

The agreement, which was signed earlier this year has been named the B@Home partnership. Procured through an EEM Ltd framework, the scheme will deliver more than 100 high quality, energy efficient homes, over four years.

The launch saw the first sod being cut at Rogers Avenue, Creswell marking the start of the project, which will not only create council houses, but see many other benefits such as 200 training events and more than 50 work experience and apprentice opportunities for local people and businesses.

The first phase of the development, which includes seven new homes, will be complete by July 2016.

Other developments in 2016, including 25 new properties, will be spread over four other sites across the Bolsover district.

Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Woodhead said:

“The B@Home Framework is about raising standards, building aspirations and delivering high quality energy efficient homes in partnership with Bolsover District Council.

“There is the potential to deliver up to 150 over the life of the framework. These homes will be spaces where people want to live. There will be a strong focus on employing local people and the local community throughout this housing programme.”

Cabinet Member for Housing and IT, Councillor John Ritchie stated:

“As a council, growth is our top priority and partnerships, like in this project, are essential to us being able to achieve our goals and unlocking the growth potential in the district.

“With all partners sharing their expertise, resources and knowledge we can take under-utilised, council owned land, and turn it in to affordable, desirable homes for the benefit of our local communities.”

The programme was procured as part of a New Build and Developer framework through procurement consortium, EEM Ltd.

Pete Smith, Managing Director at EEM Ltd, said:

“As a procurement consortium we work hard to secure efficiciencies for our member, but it’s just as important that we are able to have a positive impact on the communities we serve through the delivery of our programmes.

“The B@Home agreement really enables partnership working for the duration of this four year programme. As a result we can support the delivery of some very real economic and social benefits.”