Work and training created for young Hull residents in development of 177 homes on former Milldane site

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Sep 2017

A company building 177 homes in Orchard Park have created more work and training opportunities for young people.

The affordable housing development commissioned by Hull City Council is set to consist of nine one-bedroom, 49 two-bedroom houses and 28 one-bedroom apartments.

As part of the delivery of the scheme, the national developer has created 12 apprenticeship opportunities in its supply chain.

Work began on the £17m project in August 2016, with the first phase set for completion before the end of 2017.

Views of Milldane, Orchard Park, Hull, where housing development is underway

Jo Jamieson, managing director, Wates Residential North, says recent projects by the construction company have contributed to 500 new homes in the city.

She said: “As we near completion of the first phase of this important regeneration project, it’s immensely satisfying to look back on the social and economic contribution we have made as a result of our work.

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“We have a long-standing presence in Hull and our recent projects have seen us deliver over 500 new homes for the city while also demonstrating our commitment to boosting the local economy.

Cllr John Black is pictured on the former Milldane flats site before work began

“We hope the individuals who have completed on site training will go on to develop rewarding careers in the house building and wider construction industries.”

The redevelopment of the Milldane site is one of several major projects in Orchard Park, including Harrison Park, the recently completed 65-apartment Extra Care complex at Hall Road, as part of the council’s affordable housing scheme.

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The second phase of the project began in July. The company has pledged a further commitment to provide opportunities for jobseekers in the area in its role completing regeneration work in the city.

Workers on the Milldane development

Twenty long-term unemployed construction students from the area were invited to the site as part of a volunteering project. The site team also completed work to renovate a garden on behalf of Orchard Park charity, the Rainbow Community Garden.

Councillor John Black, Hull City Council portfolio holder for housing, said: “The first phase of housing regeneration on Milldane has ticked all the boxes.

“There is a choice of quality affordable homes for sale and rent, and the entire build programme has helped breathe new life into the Orchard Park area and brought new opportunities for local people in terms of skills training and jobs.”

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