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New housing agreement to bring jobs and training

Local economies are set for a major boost following the announcement bySanctuary that it has appointed two contractors to deliver more than 1,100 homes in the Midlands and Yorkshire over the next four years.

Sanctuary has selectedSeddon Construction to build 700 homes in the Midlands, andKeepmoat to construct a further 400 homes in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Sanctuary received a significant investment of almost £90m from the Homes and Communities Agency at the end of last year through its Affordable Homes Programme, and the housing and care provider is now working on its ambitious four-year development programme to deliver more than 3,600 homes across England, involving a total investment of £500m.

The appointment of Seddon and Keepmoat forms an important part of Sanctuary’s development programme to build new homes in the Midlands and Yorkshire and will not only help sustain existing employment, it will also see the creation of numerous jobs and training opportunities for local people.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s group director - development, said: “These important appointments will bring a vital boost to local economies at sites across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, and result in the delivery of more than a thousand affordable homes by 2015.

“Creating employment opportunities is a key priority for Sanctuary, which is why we have selected partners that share our aims.”

Martin Smithurst, managing director for Keepmoat Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary Housing once again on a project which will deliver much needed new homes in the northern region. Keepmoat has been working with Sanctuary for over six years on similar projects, which means we can offer a seamless transition and invaluable expertise to the work.”

Seddon Construction managing director Jonathan Seddon said: “We are delighted to have entered into this agreement with Sanctuary which will deliver new affordable homes as well as create jobs and training opportunities in local communities. The company has a long and successful history of apprentice recruitment and it is particularly satisfying to be launching this new partnership in 2012, the year in which we mark Seddon’s 75th anniversary of taking on apprentices.”