Berneslai Homes start first self-build scheme in Barnsley for decades

Berneslai Homes held an event with Barnsley Council this week to celebrate the start on site of foour two-bedroom semi-detached new build council homes at Bellbrooke Avenue, Darfield.

The properties will be the first to be built in-house by Berneslai Homes Construction Services team, making them the first self-build scheme in Barnsley for decades.

The total project value is £0.47 million and will provide significant opportunities for the development of skills for existing construction staff/operatives, trainees and apprentices, as well as ensuring significant investment in local businesses, including suppliers and sub-contractors.

The properties are due to be completed in April 2018.

Berneslai Homes’ Chief Executive Helen Jagger says: “This is a really exciting day for us and I am delighted our construction staff have this great opportunity to build new council homes for the first time.

“In addition to completing the regeneration of the estate through the development of a derelict site  at its heart, the project provides a wide range of other benefits in skills development, training opportunities for apprentices and investment in the local economy.”

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We welcome the benefits of this local development, which will help employees at all levels, in Construction Service gain new skills and experience This will be an invaluable opportunity for apprentices and trainees, helping them to develop their future careers.

“This project will improve local spend and provide economic benefits in the area. We hope this will be the start of many more future Construction Services new build projects.”

  • Photo shows (front row): Kelly Asquith (BH), Amanda Shepherd (BH), Ron Brannon (BH), Paul Hayes (BH), Helen Jagger (BH), Cllr Roy Miller (BMBC), Andy Gray (NPS), Sarah Cartwright (BMBC; (back row): John Lythe, Gary Williams, John Lees, Dave Whittam, Mel Asquith-Fowler (all BH).

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