The Solutions for North Tyneside consortium featuring Miller Construction and Keepmoat has been named preferred bidder for North Tyneside’s £300m Quality Homes for Older People PFI project.
The scheme will deliver more than 900 apartments across 10 new and 16 refurbished sheltered housing schemes, creating a significant number of new jobs.
Solutions for North Tyneside, which also comprises Equitix, will carry out the refurbishment and construction work and will also be responsible for the cleaning, repair and maintenance over the 28 year contract.
Work is expected to start on site in September and finish by autumn 2016.
Chief Executive of Miller Construction Chris Webster said the firm hopes to employ 30 per cent of the construction workforce from the borough’s “most deprived areas”.
He said: “In addition to being the largest housing project in the region over the next three years, this project has a number of key community benefits attached to it, including creating up to 500 jobs for the region.”
North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley said: “For the borough and wider region, this will be a significant construction project, and is expected to be the largest housing project in the region over the next 3 years.
“It will give a big boost to the local economy and I’m delighted that a high proportion of the new jobs being created are for residents in our most deprived wards.”