Kier has started on site at its Darley Street Markets redevelopment project, where it is delivering one of Bradford’s biggest regeneration projects. The £23m market redevelopment programme has been procured through the YORbuild2 framework.
Committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the areas in which it builds, Kier, will work with the council to engage with local residents and host a number of engagement events within the community to showcase the fantastic roles available within the built environment.
This will include events with residents, school & college site visits, work experience placements and apprentice roles.
Kier has pledged to deliver the following social value using the YORbuild2 employment and skills methodology:
· 30 school/college /university site visits
· 20 school/college workshops
· 6 work experience under 18 years placements
· 10 work experience 18+ years placements
· 136 apprenticeships weeks for existing apprentices
· 5 people into apprenticeships (project initiated)
· 3 people into project initiated higher level skills
· 9 people progressed into employment
Kier will procure locally sourced labour, plant and material resources, wherever commercially possible and this will be monitored throughout the project, including through quarterly reports to the council.
The project is due for completion in the summer of 2023.
Donna Howard, CSR manager, at Kier Regional Building North and Scotland, said: “As a regional business we are proud of the benefits that our projects add to the communities we work in. Our proven methodology has led to excellent results on YORbuild projects such as Astrea Academy in Sheffield where we greatly exceeded our targets and we hope to do the same at Bradford Markets.”
Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Regional Building Northern, said: “We’re thrilled to be starting on site and we are committed to deliver a project that not only provides a vibrant shopping location for visitors, but also leaves a lasting legacy for the community.”
David Moore, Interim Assistant Director, Economy and Development said “We’re delighted Kier are joining the team to deliver Darley Street Market and reshape such a historic part of Bradford city centre. Their commitment to social value through apprenticeships and school & colleges are a real testament to the Council’s social value policy when contracting partners and it’s great to have them on board.