Inner city housing regeneration project gets started

Caption:From left; Jon Hinchliffe (sc4l), Francesca Taylor (local housing manager, Leeds City Council) and Cllr Peter Gruen (Leeds City Council)

Work has started this week on the long awaited Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck project with the first programme of refurbishment.

Leeds City Council in partnership with sustainable communities for Leeds (sc4L) have been on site from 30 September 2013 with the first phase of refurbishment taking place across 40 properties in the Little London and Holbeck area.

Work will start in Little London on the external refurbishment of properties on Carlton Carr, Carlton Gardens and a small number of properties on Carlton Rise which will include new windows, doors and wall insulation. Following on from this programme, the internal refurbishment works will take place including fitting new kitchens and bathrooms across the properties.

In Holbeck work will start fitting external wall insulation to the Meynell Heights multi storey block with internal works beginning next year.

The overall project will see local communities benefit from the refurbishment of the 1245 council homes, and the construction of 388 new council homes to rent with environmental improvements to the estates. Capital investment of over £120million over the next three and a half years will provide training and employment schemes leading to jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and social enterprise opportunities.

Alongside the start of refurbishment works, sustainable communities for Leeds (sc4L) takes over the repairs and maintenance service on Monday 30th September 2013 for the project, with Keepmoat carrying out the repairs on its behalf. The call centre has been moved into the Holbeck area to ensure it is right at the heart of the local communities it is serving.

Job fairs will be taking place towards the end of the October in the three different areas with various vacancies available - for more information is available via emailing admin@construction-yorkshire.org.uk

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“This project will play a significant role in rejuvenating local communities across the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck areas of the city and it is great to see work starting on this project.

“Already Keepmoat property services, one of the main contractors for the new services, have moved their head office into the centre of the Holbeck regeneration area so as to be closer to the community they are serving.

“I look forward to seeing all the work taking place over the first few years of this project, and no doubt local residents will be looking forward to seeing the improvements to their communities. “

Jon Hinchliff, sc4L General Manager said:

“We are delighted that we are starting the improvement and maintenance on the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck Project

The commencement of these works marks for us the tangible starting point of our long term commitment to the local communities to improve and maintain the Leeds City Council properties in the project area.

The construction and improvement works which will be delivered from Keepmoat Regeneration’s new office in Little London together with the delivery of the repairs & maintenance service which we are now providing from the newly opened offices in Holbeck, will provide positive support to the regeneration of these areas.

We are looking forward to the up-coming job fairs as they will provide a further opportunity in the delivery of the wider regeneration aims of Leeds City Council, sc4L and our delivery partners Keepmoat. ”

Notes to editors:

The three jobs fairs are taking place at the following locations from 2pm – 7pm over the following dates;

Monday 21st October at St. Matthews Community Centre, Holbeck, LS11 9NR

Thursday 24th October at Tiger 11, Beeston Road, LS11 8ND

Tuesday 29th October at Carlton Croft Meeting Room, Little London, LS7 1HF


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk