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Keepmoat assigned to £11m development project

National housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat has been appointed to carry out a major programme of improvements on behalf of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

Three high-rise blocks of flats in Smethwick, known as The Crofts, will receive an £11m makeover as part of the partnership between Keepmoat and the council.

The blocks will get new roofs, energy efficient external cladding and residents’ flats will benefit from new windows and balconies.

The 270 homes sit on a main arterial route between Birmingham and West Bromwich.

The works are set to change the external of the buildings with the aim to reduce fuel bills for the residents and increase the lifespan of the buildings themselves. 

Keepmoat will also create employment and training opportunities through the two years scheme for the wider community.

As part of this commitment there is provision for 12 apprenticeships as well as a graduate position and work experience placements for over 16s looking to start their career in the construction industry.

As a result of these works a further five jobs will also be created on site, which will be recruited locally.

Keepmoat regional director for the West Midlands Neil Baxter said: “We’re looking forward to working closely with Sandwell over the next two years to help the council deliver its ambitions to improve the quality of local housing for residents.

“Improving the standard of housing is crucial for delivering community regeneration and this comprehensive programme of work will make a real difference to people’s homes.”