Wates work at former Milldane site boosts local employment opportunities

Wates Residential, one of the UK’s leading developers, is using its role in creating 177 homes on the site of the former Milldane high-rise block in Orchard Park to enhance the employment prospects of Hull residents.

The first phase of the affordable housing scheme is being delivered on behalf of Hull City Council, and is set to comprise nine one-bedroom and 49 two-bedroom houses and 28 one-bedroom apartments.

Work began on the £17m project in August 2016, with the first phase set for completion before the end of 2017. Wates has provided employment and training opportunities to members of the Hull community as part of its delivery of the scheme, including the creation of 12 apprenticeship opportunities for local people within its supply chain.

Other initiatives included inviting 20 local long-term unemployed construction students from Hull and the surrounding areas to the site as part of Wates’ annual national volunteering programme, Reshaping Tomorrow Week. During their time on site, attendees observed first-hand the inner workings of a building site and received mentoring from Wates on how to forge a successful career in the house building industry.

Reshaping Tomorrow Week also saw Wates’ Milldane site team renovate a garden on behalf of local charity the Rainbow Community Garden.

The second phase of the project began in July and Wates has pledged a further commitment to use its role in the regeneration of the city to provide opportunities for local jobseekers

The new affordable homes are part of the council’s overall strategy to regenerate Orchard Park. The redevelopment of the Milldane site is one of several major projects in the Orchard Park area delivered by Wates Residential, including Harrison Park, the recently completed 65-apartment Extra Care complex at Hall Road, which forms part of the landmark Hull Extra Care PFI programme.

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.
 
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. 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.”
 
Jo Jamieson, Managing Director, Wates Residential North

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.”
 
Cllr John Black, Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for Housing