Investment in Hull homes delivers local economic boost

Hull-based businesses have received a £1.2m boost from affordable housing contractor, Wates Living Space, as part of a £4.3m residential development in Orchard Park. 

Working closely alongside Hull City Council and social housing provider, Riverside, Wates Living Space has constructed 16 one-bedroom flats and 36 two and three bedroom houses, investing £1.2m in Hull subcontractors and suppliers in the process. 

The contractor also created 11 apprenticeships for local people throughout the duration of the project and played host to two on-site 'World of Work Tours' in partnership with the Prince's Trust. This initiative is purposefully designed to help unemployed people gain practical trade experience and provides them with career guidance to improve their chances of securing long-term employment. 

In addition, Wates appointed local social enterprise, Humber Wood Recycling, to work on the development, which enabled the contractor to recycle 100% (10.7 tonnes) of its waste timber. As a result, the project successfully scored 42 points under the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), a 6.5-point increase on the industry average. 

Mick Holling, Interim Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space, commented: 

"At Wates, we continuously seek new ways through which to provide a lasting social and economic impact in communities. 

"The Orchard Park project exemplifies our commitment to creating jobs and training opportunities in and around Hull. We've helped a considerable amount of people to find work and employed a number of local companies to work on the development, underpinning our aim to ensure that local people reap the benefit of our role as main contractor for years to come." 

Carl Mitchell, Assistant Director, Operations at Riverside, added: 

"Riverside is committed to redevelopment and regeneration in the Hull area and is delighted to have worked with Wates on this new development on Homethorpe. Riverside is very keen to work with partners who have a commitment to local employment and training opportunities which this project has delivered. Riverside is delighted to help with the provision of local affordable housing in the area now and in the future." 

Councillor John Black, Hull City Council's Portfolio Holder for Council Infrastructure and responsible for housing, said: 

"Hull City Council is committed to providing high quality and energy efficient housing as part of our on-going housing regeneration programme. 

"By transforming properties and building new homes it provides our partners with a fantastic opportunity to develop our local workforce, providing job opportunities and training right across the supply chain, which is part of Hull's City Plan and crucial for a flourishing local economy."