Wakefield builds own homes
Wakefield and District Housing has become the latest landlord to embark on a self-build project using its own workforce.
The four properties in West Yorkshire were completed by 30 WDH employees at a cost of around £85,000 per property. The development was part-funded with a £15,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and built over a 26-week period in March by WDH’s Technical Services Team.
In addition, WDH has secured National House Building Council ‘Registered Builder’ status.
Kevin Dodd, chief executive of WDH, said delivering new housing through the organisation’s technical services team would bring down costs for the 32,000-home landlord.
Mr Dodd said: ‘We are extremely proud to be one of the very few housing associations in the UK to deliver new build properties with our own hands.
‘Working with constructor partners on other new build schemes has enabled our workforce to enrich its skills, which means we are now in a position to deliver new properties ourselves.
‘Delivering more of our new build programme through our own Technical Services Team allows us to make financial savings which can be reinvested in improving our services to tenants.
‘We will also be able to enrich the skills of our team even further, because employees working on our current sites will become involved in training others, keeping that knowledge in the local economy.’