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Horsforth reaps huge jobs and training benefit from new homes

Additional new homes in Horsforth, Leeds, will bring a further jobs boost for the area.

With the new Woodlands development complementing existing Horsforth Vale developments by Redrow, the overall construction of hundreds of new homes could support as many as 2,500 jobs over time, according to figures from the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

Redrow will build 125 new homes at Woodlands, on the former Riverside Mills site, in addition to circa 465 homes already well advanced on the adjoining site of the old Clariant Works, off Calverley Lane. Development work is set to span until late 2019. 

In the HBF report, The Economic Footprint of UK House Building, research identified that 4.3 jobs are supported with every new home built. This includes direct employment on site, indirect employment in the supply chain and induced employment through local spending by construction workers and residents.

Redrow currently has three active sites at Horsforth Vale; The Green, Abode Horsforth and the most recently launched Woodlands. On any one day there can be as many as 100 plus workers dedicated to constructing the variety of homes on offer. These include apprentices and trainees, such as 19-year-old Matthew Walker, from Horsforth, who is learning his bricklaying trade close to home and has recently completed his third year of studying at Leeds College of Building.

He said: “I literally live two minutes from the development. I used to work at a garden centre but as soon as I knew these houses were coming I wanted to be a part of it as I’d always wanted to be a builder. I have one year still to go with my apprenticeship then I hope to go on to gain more qualifications to become an assistant site manager.

“I’ve had great experience at Horsforth Vale, working on both the stone builds at The Green and the brickwork at Abode. I’ve also had the chance to work on other projects in Harrogate and Boston Spa, gaining new skills at every opportunity.”

 Site manager for The Green is Simon Longley from Fenay Bridge, Huddersfield, who joined Redrow last year. He says: “Alongside our own employees and all the subbies we contract to, we also have five apprentices at The Green and eight in total across the three developments, all learning their trades in ground-working, painting and decorating, bricklaying and plumbing.”

Working with Simon is assistant site manager Joe Ramsbottom, from Morley, who first joined Redrow as a graduate trainee after completing a history degree at Huddersfield University

“It’s funny how things work out,” says Joe. “I wasn’t sure where my history degree was taking me and I could very easily have taken a different path, but I heard about Redrow’s rotational programme and thought it was the perfect way to get into the industry and see if it was for me.

“Over a period of 15 months, I got to spend time in each department of the business which was a great experience. As a result I found I am happiest out on site. With Redrow’s support I enrolled with the Chartered Institute of Building and gained my NVQ level 6 in Residential Construction Management. With that qualification under my belt, I was delighted to be promoted to assistant site manager in January this year.”

The three developments at Horsforth Vale offer a mix of Redrow’s Arts & Crafts inspired Heritage Collection, including stone built elevations, and the more contemporary looking Abode range with its emphasis on open plan living spaces. Current prices across the three developments are from £279,950 to £479,950.

In addition to the employment and training opportunities created by Horsforth Vale,   Redrow is also investing millions in the local community as it transforms two redundant industrial sites.  Contributions include:

Horsforth Vale generally:

  • £1.76 million new bus service between the site and Horsforth train station plus £33,000 of bus infrastructure, including two new bus stops with real time displays.
  • £3.5million off-site highway improvements to Horsforth and Rodley roundabouts and surrounding road network.
  • £100,000 of local footpath improvements.
  • £215,000 improvements to existing sports fields, pavilion and creation of new play area and allotments.

Clariant Works site:

-      £7 million affordable housing

-      £948,000 towards local education

-      £168,000 provision of metro cards to home owners

Riverside Mills site:

  • Affordable housing worth £2.6 million.
  • £366,000 towards local education.
  • £98,000 worth of metro travel cards for home owners.

Warren Thompson, managing director of Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), said: “Horsforth Vale is successfully replacing redundant industrial sites with sought-after high quality housing. However the wider impact on employment and the regional economy is often overlooked. We’re very proud to be creating career opportunities for young people like Matthew and Joe and to be providing work for hundreds of sub-contractors and businesses in the supply chain, very many of them locally based. The knock-on benefits throughout the community are vast, including spending in local shops and businesses for years to come.”

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Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year. 
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:

  • The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
  • The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
  • Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations.  The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: