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G Osborne starts social housing arm

GEOFFREY Osborne has set up a social housing arm in Milton Keynes, where deputy prime minister John Prescott wants to build 70,000 homes.

The firm's affordable housing arm mainly works for registered social landlords from its offices in London, Reigate, Surrey, and from its head office at Chichester, West Sussex.

Osborne has hired Rod Peck, one of the men responsible for Rok's push into the social housing market, as its operations manager.Mr Peck said: 'If we can get a job off the ground by the end of the year, we'll have done well.'

Mr Peck was behind the drive to use prefabricated dwellings manufactured by Polish firm Buma. Rok has already used Buma's products on small jobs in London but the method has attracted interest from Weymouth Council in Dorset, which is looking to use larger numbers.