The Challenge:

Working closely with City of Wolverhampton Council to develop a scheme that will become a sought after residential destination. The mix of house types has been selected to help create a diverse community and provide a wide range of accommodation options that appeal to a wide demographic.

The site was subject to a number of industrial uses historically, including mining and mining related industries.

The Solution:

By working closely with partners City of Wolverhampton Council and taking advantage of extensive investment coming to this area , including improved education, commercial, transport and recreational provision, that will attract a new demographic including young professionals looking to establish roots in the region this development offers a mix of 78 two, three and four bedroom contemporary homes that are a hallmark of the Kier Living style.

A planned new stop on the Midland Metro will also enhance connectivity further, with convenient and rapid connections to both Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

The Impact:

Given its quality, location and wide choice of home options this scheme is set become a sought after residential destination within the city.

Working with the council, Wolverhampton College and JobCentre Plus, Kier supported 14 local trainees through a 16 week training programme,‘Into Construction’. This provided skills and training in the industry leading to them attaining CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards.

Bilston Urban Village is a key site for Kier’s wider recruitment and training programme. We are currently running a pilot programme for our newly created Site Manager’s Academy, designed to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfil key roles on site, blending classroom learning and onsite training. The bespoke training programme has been developed in partnership with CITB and Amber Mae Training to be an alternative to conventional routes and providing candidates with support and mentoring from our senior site manager team.

" It is very satisfying to see the first new homes close to completion on this site, and to already have achieved sales shows how high the demand for good quality housing is. This is great news for Bilston and the City of Wolverhampton. "
Councillor Peter Bilson Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member City Housing and Assets

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