Keepmoat appointed to develop first new-build homes programme in Ipswich for 20 years
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Dan Germann (left), Managing Director of Keepmoat South with Councillor John Mowles, Ipswich Borough Council's Housing portfolio–holder look at plans of the new development at Bader Close
Ipswich Borough Council has appointed national housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat to deliver more than 100 much-needed high quality affordable new homes in the town.
The £10m scheme, which is the first major house-building programme the Council has commissioned in the last five decades, is part of a commitment to deliver hundreds of homes across the Borough over the next five years.
The new development will see the construction of 108 affordable homes to the Holywells / Gainsborough area of Ipswich on the site of a former sports field off Bader Close.
Work will commence in Spring this year and is expected to be welcomed by more than 3,000 households currently on the council’s housing waiting list.
The scheme will be a mix of house types and styles consisting of 77 two-bedroom homes, 11 four-bedroom homes, 10 two-bedroom bungalows and 10 one-bedroom bungalows.
Keepmoat has an excellent reputation for developing high quality, affordable new homes and helping to sustain and regenerate local communities. The company specialises in the development of new build homes, education, care and leisure and community facilities and also provides refurbishment and maintenance works to a number of clients across the region.
Earlier this year, the firm was shortlisted for Britain’s best regeneration project at the Housebuilder awards for its work transforming Anfield in Liverpool.
The Bader Close development will also create training and apprenticeship opportunities within Ipswich. Keepmoat is committed to working with local people to provide a number of apprenticeships, employment initiatives, working with local schools, colleges and university students, providing work experience opportunities and creating vocational qualification skills among its workforce.
Always keen to support local projects and community initiatives, Keepmoat will continue to engage with key partners and local community groups and businesses. The company has already supported the refurbishment of the Making Tracks youth centre at Queens Way, delivered English language training events for staff and contractors as part of its modernisation contract with the council and has helped to create a community orchard by transforming an area of disused land at Defoe Road.
As part of the council’s agenda to Build a Better Ipswich and create a Greener Ipswich, Keepmoat will work with the council’s community teams to provide new initiatives that will benefit local residents.
The Bader Close development is the fourth major contract Keepmoat has secured in Ipswich, with the company currently delivering kitchen and bathroom refurbishments to 1,500 properties across Ipswich as part of the council’s Decent Homes programme.
The company has also been carrying out external wall insulation works to 150 homes in Ipswich as part of the Government’s ECO scheme to slash household fuel bills by making the homes more energy efficient.
In 2013, Keepmoat began work at Newnham Court, to undertake conversion and refurbishment works to 19 flats and 5 bungalows.
Councillor John Mowles, Ipswich Borough Council's Housing portfolio–holder, said: "The Bader Close development will be the biggest council house construction programme in Ipswich for more than 50 years. Building homes also builds jobs and is a key priority for this Council.”
Dan Germann, Managing Director of Keepmoat South, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council on this exciting new development which will not only provide high quality, affordable new homes for local people but will also help transform this part of the town into a thriving new community.
“Being awarded the contract for this landmark scheme is testament to the excellent standard of work and quality of service we have delivered across the borough so far.
“The development of these new homes not only strengthens our presence in the region but also helps to address the significant shortage of good quality, affordable family homes in Ipswich. As well as helping local families in housing need, this development will also create training and employment opportunities for local people and also generate a number of new construction jobs. We are hopeful this will be the first of many new developments for us in this region.”
The development of Bader Close is expected to be completed by winter 2015 with the aim of the first homes being available by the end of 2014.