Communities across West Lothian are benefitting from a local housebuilding programme, led by partnership housing provider Lovell and West Lothian Council.
In total, the programme is expected to deliver 738 homes — all for social rent — through 15 individual projects across eight different site locations. So far, the programme has delivered 26 new apprenticeships sponsored by Lovell’s subcontractor partners, as well as training for 30 existing apprentices. The programme has also supported 33 site jobs, eight graduate jobs and 35 work-experience placements.
West Lothian Council’s Executive Councillor for Services for the Community, George Paul, said: “Our new-build programme is not only delivering much needed affordable housing but also a number of community benefits for local businesses and local people.
“Providing community benefits is a key aim of our new-build project. We are delighted that so many young people are able to work on the programme, gaining fantastic life and work experience that will enhance their careers.”
Stephen Profili, Regional Managing Director for Lovell in Scotland, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be working with West Lothian Council to deliver such an extensive programme of new build social housing right across West Lothian.
This programme will make a crucial contribution towards meeting strong local demand for new homes for social rent. An important element of our work that we are particularly proud of is the wider benefits we are able to bring to the communities where we work. In West Lothian, this has included providing a range of work for local suppliers, supporting local employment and apprenticeship opportunities as well as offering training and development for local construction students.”
Pictured above are Lovell’s Site Manager and apprentices at Lovell’s Uphall development in West Lothian.