Keepmoat launches largest ever recruitment drive in the south
Published by Hazel Rycroft for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Dan Germann Keepmoat
National housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat has launched its largest ever recruitment drive in the south of England as the company continues to win new business.
As part of its growth strategy, the firm is looking to take on an extra 50 staff in a move that will increase Keepmoat’s workforce in the south by almost a sixth.
Keepmoat’s southern division, which is based in Luton, currently employs 341 staff across the region, but will swell its ranks to almost 400 once the new recruits are in place.
The move comes as Keepmoat’s growth in the south gathers pace with the firm securing land for 250 new homes in Peterborough and Cambridge as well as new contract wins in Ipswich and Harrow.
Other new build developments that Keepmoat have secured include Orchards Park, a £4.3m scheme consisting of 28 apartments, seven houses and retail units on behalf of Bedfordshire Pilgrim Housing Association, The Hyde in Hertfordshire, which is a £2.5m development including 18 new homes and a community centre on behalf of Affinity Sutton and a £5.2m new build scheme for The Guinness Partnership, which will include the development of 22 apartments and 26 homes for sale and affordable rent.
Over the last year, Keepmoat has also been awarded a number of large education and refurbishment projects in the south including a £12.7m project to construct a brand new sixth form and science centre at the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, in Brighton.
Keepmoat also completed a £7.7m energy efficiency improvement contract to fit new roofs, replace boilers and install double glazing, external wall insulation and cladding to more than 450 council owned homes on behalf of Milton Keynes Council and won a £4.1m contract to fit new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems to 800 properties in Wycombe for Red Kite Community Housing.
News of Keepmoat’s growth comes a week after the company announced it is also planning to build its first ever homes in Scotland where it is looking for sites of up to 100 plots.
Among the job posts which Keepmoat is advertising are positions for quantity surveyors, senior quantity surveyors, site managers and senior site managers in the new build housing, planned maintenance, care and education sectors. In addition, it is also looking to hire contracts managers, design co-ordinators and design managers in the new build housing, care and education sectors.
Dan Germann, Managing Director of Keepmoat in the south, said: “These are very exciting times for Keepmoat in the south of England.
“As a company we are rolling out our new homes business into new areas bringing affordable, high-quality homes to towns and cities where they are much needed in the south. The recruitment of these new posts will also support our recent business wins in regeneration and refurbishment work.
“The fact that we are now embarking on our largest ever recruitment drive in the south is a result of the exceptional work we have done to win new business and the strength of the recovery in the housing market. We are looking forward to getting these new faces on board as we aim to grow the business even more in 2014.”
Keepmoat has an excellent reputation for developing high quality, affordable new homes which regenerate neighbourhoods and communities. The company specialises in the development of new build homes, education, care and leisure and community facilities. Keepmoat also provides refurbishment and repairs and maintenance works to a number of clients across the region.