Sajid Javid MP, visits new retirement development in Bromsgrove
14 October 2016
Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, paid a visit to McCarthy and Stone’s Assisted Living development in Bromsgrove this week, where construction at the site on Recreation Road is well underway.
During the visit Mr Javid met with McCarthy and Stone’s Construction Director, Tim Lightfoot, to discuss plans for the Bromsgrove site, as well as the company’s broader commitment to build more specialist housing options for the over-70s in the West Midlands.
Sajid Javid MP said:
“In order to build a country that works for everyone we must ensure that we are building all types of housing, so that everyone has a safe and secure place to live. That is why it’s great to visit this new retirement development in Bromsgrove today, to see for myself the progress being made there.
“It’s been some time since tower cranes have been seen in Bromsgrove’s town centre skyline ,with the surrounding construction providing jobs for the local workforce. I look forward to welcoming the new residents to the area”.
Tim Lightfoot, Construction Director for McCarthy and Stone West Midlands, commented: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Javid to our latest development in Bromsgrove. I’d like to personally thank him for his time and for speaking so highly of the work that is being carried out here.
“The UK has an ageing population and our Bromsgrove development is a prime example of how McCarthy and Stone is working to tackle this issue by designing and building age-exclusive developments that cater for over-70s who want high-quality, centrally located housing, which allows them to maintain an independent and active lifestyle.”
Led by Site Manager Steve Delorean, McCarthy and Stone has invested heavily in the local workforce to help deliver the new site. Since construction began earlier in the year, the development has created a number of jobs for local tradesmen in and around Bromsgrove, where Steve estimates that circa 70% of the current workforce are local to the town or the surrounding areas.
Steve explains: “It is in our best interests to use local labour wherever possible and practical, as contractors generally work better when they are closer to home. Most of our groundworkers are from the West Midlands and the bricklaying company we’ve employed are from nearby Redditch. They’re a fantastic, incredibly hard-working team, and as a business we’re pleased to be able to source our tradesmen from the local work pool, and provide a welcome boost to Bromsgrove and the wider West Midlands community.
“As the development continues to progress we will be looking to recruit more skilled tradesmen from the local region in areas such as plumbing, electrics and tilling; with around 50 people working on the site each day.”
During his visit, Mr Javid was interested to see the innovative porotherm clay block system being implemented at the development. Porotherm clay blocks can be laid much quicker than concrete blocks; and they provide better insulation and are more environmentally sustainable. Using the porotherm technology will allow McCarthy and Stone to build 58 individual, self-contained apartments in just 12 months compared to the usual 15-16 month standard build length.
Tim Lightfoot comments: “Porotherm is precise, simple and fast. It has allowed us to reduce the overall build programme at Bromsgrove by circa 20% which is fantastic, and it delivers a quality of build far superior to traditional methods of wall construction.”