Nottingham families are moving in this week to the brand new homes in Sneinton built by Nottingham City Homes’ very own workforce.
The eight new family homes have been built, project managed and completed by dozens of NCH tradespeople including apprentices, representatives from the Women in Construction team and team members who have been maintaining homes across the city for decades.
The homes are built on a former garage site which was disused and had begun to attract anti- social behaviour and vandalism. Each home has been built using a ‘fabric first’ approach, ensuring the buildings are as energy efficient as possible. Designed with solar panels on their roofs, the properties are designed to keep fuel bills as low as possible.
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes: “It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to build new homes again, alongside the people who’ve been maintaining and repairing Nottingham’s council houses for many years. We’re building our own capacity to build the homes Nottingham people need.
“We’ve had apprentices with us along the way, one of whom has served a huge amount of his apprenticeship on the site, has completed his qualifications and is now working for us as a qualified joiner.”
The site team has also worked with the NCH Women in Construction initiative, offering work placements to those women training with the company through the scheme.
Councillor Alex Ball, Executive Assistant with responsibility for housing at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m delighted to see what a difference these fantastic homes are making to the new residents already. They’re not only providing new homes for Nottingham people, they’re also helping to transform the local community, removing an area which attracted anti-social behaviour and replacing it with sustainable family homes for the future of social housing in the city.”
The properties have been funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which is committed to supporting sustainable housing programmes across the country.