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Kier to lead innovative social housing project

Construction firm Keir have confirmed their participation as project managers in a new large scale social housing project.

The scheme aims to provide much needed accommodation for veteran soldiers in the Manchester area.

News of the ambitious project was announced just before Armed Forces Day which took place across the UK on Saturday. Detailed plans show that the project will focus on a major new housing regeneration in the city where the renovation of 8 dilapidated homes on Canada Street in the Newton Heath area will take place. Alongside the renovation work, further plans to provide a facelift to an additional 62 homes on Canada Street and New Street have been approved.

Work will also take place to sculpt the street into a community where veterans and other residents can be proud to live.

The project will be filmed by the BBC programme DIY SOS The Big Build and following the tight deadline format of the show the project will aim to take just 12 days from start to finish. The project will be the biggest project DIY SOS The Big Build has ever covered.

Other leading contractors will join forces with Kier to help complete the construction work including ISG, with plans to create four homes that are specially adapted to the needs of veterans and their families. In addition the area will now also home a Walking With The Wounded advice and therapy centre.


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Kier were the ideal candidates to lead the project management and delivery of the scheme as the work follows a similar format to the company's successful regeneration project in Stoke-On-Trent. During their work in Stoke, Keir helped the city council deliver an award-winning £1 homes initiative as part of a wider £3m regeneration scheme.

Other major contractors like ISG will also add invaluable support and input from smaller contractors, the Armed Forces, volunteers and DIY SOS will make this a truly collaborative project.

David Mawson, managing director of Kier housing maintenance business, said: “This is a great example of the social housing sector at its best. The concept is a real credit to Walking With The Wounded and Manchester City Council. Equally there has been a tremendous response from companies of all sizes and areas of expertise, volunteering to help make this project a reality, and we are delighted to be able to use our experience delivering projects like the Stoke £1 homes initiative to project manage the industry team.”


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