Housing the Powerhouse

The Home Builders Federation and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to launch the Housing the Powerhouse campaign, which aims to increase the amount of new homes being built across Greater Manchester.

The campaign is also intended to encourage a debate about how the region’s technology, manufacturing and logistics sectors can be supported through the planning system.

This is great news for many of our housebuilder clients in the region such as Taylor Wimpey, Barrett and David Wilson Homes who are placing record numbers of orders with us for on-site welfare units. You can read more about how we are working with housebuilders here

The Powerhouse campaign shows that increasing the housing target from the 11,000 proposed at present to around 16,000 per year would provide enough homes to meet current and future needs rather than a predicted shortage of approximately 100,000 homes, provide the types of homes that meet people’s needs, ease pressure on local housing markets and boost the supply of affordable housing.

In addition, it is believed that planning for 16,000 homes per year means that Greater Manchester’s economy would benefit from 15,000 construction jobs generating an additional £8bn in gross value added, attract 10,000 more families, and produce £175m per year in local authority council tax receipts.

You can read more about the Housing the Powerhouse campaign here

July 10th, 2015|

Helping Wates Living Space Create More Affordable Homes

Wates Hull

AV Group is supporting longstanding client Wates Living Space in its programme to deliver affordable homes in Hull.

We have provided over thirty units to three sites and the latest ten units have just been installed, creating welfare accommodation for staff and contractors during the development of the project. With more than 80 sub-contractors and 45 apprentices employed across the three sites the buildings will provide valuable space for the hard working teams.

Six units are on the ground floor with four stacked on top and a viewing platform and large gantry enable easy access and views across the construction site. The new buildings will provide toilets, washrooms, office and locker space for workers on the development.

Wates Living Space is building the flagship £80m housing development to help meet the growing demand for people in the city with care needs. The development of 316 apartments across the city, is a partnership between Hull City Council, housing association Riverside and Wates Living Space.

The scheme will enable people with care needs – including older people, working age people with disabilities, those with mental health problems and people with dementia – to live independently in a modern, vibrant environment, while having the security and access to care and support. The one and two bedroomed apartments are designed to be easily adaptable so that residents can continue to live within their communities as their needs change over time.

Commenting on the contract AV Group’s Helen Scott said: “The final phase of this project needed an especially fast turnaround and we were able to accommodate that without any real difficulty. Within 24 hours of delivery however the client needed to change the specification slightly which meant we had to switch the configuration of the waste and kitchen spaces around and also amend the landing area due to restricted space. We are always totally flexible in our delivery and it was no trouble to make these last minute amends and we competed the delivery and installation in just 24 hours.”

According to the latest news from the National Housing Federation Wates’ pledge to deliver this scheme in Hull goes some way to addressing the impeding housing crisis. Experts have warned that the nation needs to build 78,500 affordable homes per year to keep pace with demand, yet last year less than a quarter of this amount were built – 20,000.

Wates Hull

June 9th, 2015|