£70m of local work for local companies

Brearley Forge by the Sheffield Housing Corporation

Brearley Forge by the Sheffield Housing Corporation

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£70m of work is up for grabs with a Sheffield house builder which plans to build 556 on six sites across the city.

Sheffield Housing Company is urging local firms to bid for supply and contracting jobs on the second phase of its ambitious 15-year building programme.

The company is a partnership between builder Keepmoat, Sheffield City Council and Great Places housing association. It aims to build 2,300 homes over the next 15 years.

Keepmoat is staging a Meet the Contractor event on the Manor in Sheffield on Friday.

Project director, Tom Fenton, said: “This is a genuine opportunity for businesses in the area to apply to get on tender lists for £70m worth of work.

“Involving local companies is a key element of the company’s remit. It was established not only to improve the quality and choice of homes but also to support regeneration through the creation of wealth and reinvestment.”

So far, Sheffield Housing Company says it has commissioned £5.5m of work and services from businesses in the city region - some 30 per cent of the total spent on the 305 homes it is constructing on three sites.

Two, three and four-bedroom homes are being built which it says can be easily modified as residents’ needs change.

Great Places Housing Group has 16,000 homes and is one of the largest in the North of England. It works in disadvantaged neighbourhoods​.

In January, Keepmoat announced its repairs and maintenance division, Keepmoat Property Services, had re-secured a £16.8m contract to provide housing maintenance support to 4,000 homes across Yorkshire.

Meet the Contractor is on March 20 at the Steel Inn Resource Centre, 135 Harborough Avenue, Manor, Sheffield, S2 1QR.