North West affordable housing specialist Southdale believes its appointment to a £500 million housing framework can help boost training and educational opportunities in the region.
The Warrington-based company joins Innovation Chain North West (ICNW)’s four-year construction framework, established by a partnership of more than 30 registered providers.
The four key members of ICNW are Great Places Housing Group, Adactus Housing Group, Plus Dane Group and Harvest housing.
Southdale is already currently on site with £9.5 million of work across four sites with Great Places Housing Group, developing a total of 107 homes.
As well as having created links with Salford University which has given experience of site visits to 30 students as part of the work the company is doing at Salford’s Alder Street, Southdale has a total of 16 trainees and apprentices on site across the four projects for Great Places.
At Alder Street, Southdale is building 17 new timber frame homes and refurbishing 26 existing properties into 13 homes. Southdale is also redeveloping a former Methodist Church site in Hart Road, Fallowfield, building 14 new apartments and ten houses worth a total of £4.6m, these two projects are due for completion in March.
Also for Great Places, Southdale is due to complete a £2.2 million project to build 23 new houses at Hurtley Street, Burnley, in April. Great Places is also funding a £2.8 million fourth project to build 30 houses in Cumberland Street, Rochdale, for Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
The ICNW framework has been broken up into several lots, covering small new build projects and jobs worth more than £10 million.
Work will be allocated in locations including Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Humberside, Nottinghamshire Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
The company’s presences in Warrington, Halifax and Castle Donington position Southdale perfectly to take advantage of the geographical spread of the work on offer.
Southdale’s North West Regional Director Stuart Allison said: “Our position on this framework provides great opportunity for Southdale to continue our relationship with Great Places and the other registered providers and we are hopeful that it can lead to a strong flow of activity which will form a regular part of Southdale’s North West operations.
“This could be a huge boost to our ability to take on apprentices and work with local schools and colleges to help young people gain knowledge and experience within the building industry. Creating educational opportunities and local jobs in the areas in which we work is something Southdale makes a point of doing wherever it is active. Therefore, the potential for this framework to boost local communities in this way is huge.”