ALMO's new homes built by future repairs team
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
ALMO's new homes built by future repairs teams
An ALMO has built five new homes using the same staff that will carry out the buildings' future repairs and maintenance.
Nottingham City Homes' craft workers began building the new homes in Clifton last year.
In a first for the ALMO, NCH actually owns the new houses. Up till now, the provider has only managed 29,000 homes on behalf of Nottingham City Council.
Thirty eight experienced tradespeople worked alongside 20 apprentices to build the new energy-efficient family homes on a disused garage site in the south of the city.
The properties are part of the council and NCH's Building a Better Nottingham programme, which will see more than 400 new homes built across the city over the next four years.
Rather than contracting-out the construction of these new homes, the skills and knowledge of local craftspeople in Nottingham City Homes’ workforce has been used - from bricklayers, joiners, electricians and plumber/gas engineers, to painter decorators and fencers and fitters.
Tradespeople with decades of shared experience have given apprentices the opportunity to learn how things operate on a building site and gain real on-the-job experience of a variety of construction techniques and situations.
Nick King, site manager and NCH employee of six years, said: “Being given the opportunity to design and manage the build of this site has been a hugely rewarding project for myself and everyone else who has worked on the new homes.
“Many of the apprentices would never have had the opportunity to work on a new-build site had it not been for this development, as they would have only gained their experience in repairs and maintenance.
“I’m incredibly proud of the whole team, and I hope the new tenants enjoy their homes as much as we have enjoyed building them.”
All properties in the scheme are being built to The Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, to ensure high levels of energy efficiency, lower carbon emissions, and warm, secure homes that cost less for tenants to run.
Each home is fitted with photo-voltaic panels, secure-by-design ‘A’ rated windows and doors, as well as sheds (big enough to store bicycles) and water butts in the garden, to maximise the reuse of rainwater.
Nick Murphy, NCH chief executive, said: “This project is one of the first of its kind across the country.
“It has been fantastic to see our own employees building the new homes for the communities they serve on a daily basis. The Eddleston Drive development is the first in what we hope will now be an extended programme of works for our own tradespeople as we look ahead to bigger sites.
“The quality of work on these homes is testament to the skills and knowledge we already had in our workforce. I’m so proud to say we have also given apprentices the chance to learn their trade on a new-build site, providing them experience they wouldn’t have otherwise had.”
All the craftspeople working on the Eddleston Drive site are local to Nottingham, with all apprentices being employed from within the Nottingham city boundary, and nearly all of the materials used on-site were sourced from local suppliers.
Councillor Dave Liversidge, portfolio holder for housing and community safety, said: “The council and NCH are changing the landscape across the city, building a better Nottingham by creating high quality homes where people want to live.
“It has been excellent to see Nottingham City Homes’ repairs and maintenance staff working on their own site. This is something that hasn’t been done before and the result is good quality homes, built to last that are cheaper to run and meet the needs of local residents.”
Jordane Horvath, a young mother who has just moved into one of the brand new homes, said: “It’s not only fantastic to move into such a wonderful new home but to know that it’s been built by people who will be maintaining it over future years is a great feeling.”
The Eddleston Drive development was funded entirely through efficiencies generated by NCH’s own staff, meaning the properties can be let at an 'affordable' rent, with no public subsidy required.