15th Sep 2015

Housing bosses meet construction talent behind £21.6 million development

Housing bosses met apprentices delivering the £21.6 million Maple West Extra Care scheme as the building moves into the next stage of development.

Representatives from Your Housing Group took a tour of the site, which is being delivered by builder and developer Seddon, as the building reached its highest point.

The eight apprentices helping to deliver the 140 apartment development were on hand to meet the group and show off their hard work.

Apprentice bricklayer Sam Jefferson, 18, of May Bank, said: "It was great to be able to show off the work we have been doing on site and meet the bosses behind the development.

"I wouldn’t be here today without the scheme, and I know the rest of the apprentices feel the same.

"I have come a long way since I started my apprenticeship – my confidence has grown immensely and it’s give me a career to work towards – that might not have happened without this development.”

Sam is employed by Seddon’s subcontractor, Talke-based A Lench Building Contractors, and is currently working towards his NVQ Level 2 qualifications.

Mike Watson, Director of Older People’s Services at Your Housing Group, said: "It is fantastic to meet all of the apprentices being taken on as part of this project. From the very beginning we wanted to not only build suitable housing for older people, we also wanted to ensure the workforce building it were local and therefore had a positive impact on the local economy. I can happily say we have achieved this here”

The roof of the development is currently being erected and internal fit out work is expected to commence in the coming months.
Built on the former Westcliffe Hospital site, the extra care scheme will be run and managed by Your Housing Group once complete in October 2016.

The development is part of a PFI programme being administered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and is one of three sites being transformed into extra care villages.

The scheme will see a total of 390 units created across the city at Abbey Hulton, Blurton and Chell Heath by Sapphire – a consortium made up of Your Housing Group, Eric Wright Group and Kajima Partnerships Limited.

Emma Dempster, Skills Coordinator at Seddon, said: "The apprentices working on this Seddon development are the future of the industry – so it’s great to give them a chance to talk about the development and showcase their work.

"They have all worked incredibly hard to get where they are today and have even started working in the community to encourage more young people to take up careers in construction.”

Seddon is committed to delivering developments that provide wider benefits to the community and as well as working with schools on careers talks, the company has given safety demonstrations in primary schools and has carried out good deeds in the area, including refurbishing some benches in nearby Packmoor, which were in very poor condition.

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