Wates’ Town View development boosts Mansfield employment opportunities

Wates Residential, one of the UK’s leading developers, is using its work on Town View, a new housing scheme for people aged 55 and over in Mansfield, to support the career development of people from the district.

The scheme is being built on the site of the former General Hospital, which laid derelict for 20 years prior to Mansfield District Council purchasing it for the £8.4m project. This is the second collaboration between Wates and the council in recent years, following the developer’s work on the £3m project to build 17 bungalows in Flint Avenue, Forest Town.

As part of its work on Town View, Wates has secured its supply chain with local agencies such as JobCentre Plus, with a view to providing full-time work for unemployed local people. So far, four apprenticeships have been created as a result of this initiative.

Wates has also joined forces with the Brunts Academy to offer students of the secondary school an insight into the construction industry, inviting them on site to witness a live project and offering them advice on developing a career in the sector. Students from all schools in the area are also able to apply for work experience placements at the development during the summer holidays.

In addition, a new community partnership has been announced between The Beacon Project and Wates Giving, with the Wates Family Trust buying the homeless charity a new cooker and kitchen equipment, enabling the charity to continue to provide hot meals to vulnerable people within Mansfield.

Town View will create 54 new homes, comprising 12 two-bedroom bungalows and 42 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, offering housing for residents with different requirements, from active older people to those with support and Extra Care needs.

The scheme includes 10 Extra Care apartments, partly funded by £400,000 from Nottinghamshire County Council and six bungalows available as older people’s shared ownership homes, partly funded by £126,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

We are very pleased to once again be partnering with Mansfield District Council following our successful collaboration at Flint Avenue, and to once again be making a valuable contribution to the town’s economy.

 

Throughout this latest project we are showing our commitment to providing added value to the local community through using local suppliers, providing employment opportunities and by demonstrating to young people the benefits of beginning a career in construction. We are working to ensure that the project’s legacy will benefit Mansfield long after work has finished on site.”

 

Joanne Jamieson, Managing Director of Wates Residential

Mike Robinson, Mansfield District Council’s Director of Economic Growth added:

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with Wates Residential on the Town View project. This is an exciting new development which will not only provide high-quality housing for older people, but it will also provide employment opportunities for local people and offer local students the chance to learn about a career in construction. In addition, I am pleased that the Beacon Project, one of Mansfield’s charities, will also benefit from Wates Residential’s generosity. This community investment demonstrates Wates’ commitment to the Mansfield area.”