06 Oct 2023
The construction of Jubilee Gardens, a state-of-the-art Extra Care facility in West Paddock, is set to bring a significant boost to the local community as main contractor, Caddick Construction, pledges a £6.6m social value investment in Leyland and the wider Lancashire area.
The commitment comes as work officially gets underway on site, marked by a groundbreaking ceremony on site, which was attended by representatives from South Ribble Borough Council, Caddick Construction and Identity Consult.
Throughout construction, Caddick Construction has pledged to create a lasting legacy through a host of initiatives to support the neighbouring community. These include a series of work placements, employment opportunities and vocational training for local people.
The business has also made a pledge to localise its supply chain spend to the Central Lancashire area, with a further commitment to spend £4m with local subcontractors and £250k with local SMEs, all of which is expected to support 70 jobs.
Ensuring the building work supports local good causes, Caddick has also dedicated hours of staff time to volunteering with local charities, and pledged to donate £5,000 in total to community projects.
Once complete, Jubilee Gardens will be South Ribble Council’s newest Extra Care and affordable housing provision for the over 55s. Providing assisted living for local residents, the £20.5m development will offer 75 apartments and on-site provision for accessing healthcare support, a hair salon and cafe, which will also be open to the public.
Paul Dodsworth, Caddick Construction Group’s Managing Director, commented: “Being entrusted to build a new development, especially one that will serve the community, is an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy but this goes far beyond the building itself. Before we had even put a spade in the ground, our teams spent time getting to know the community, looking at ways we can work with and support our neighbours. As a registered member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, this is a commitment we bring to all of our projects and with building work now underway at Jubilee Gardens, I look forward to seeing what the team achieves in partnership with South Ribble Council.”
Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council: said, “We want all our developments to give back. It's not just bricks and mortar, it's a legacy that we can leave for generations to come.
“This project of course sees the support given to our aging community, but will also see job, training and development opportunities for local people, a cash boost to the local supply chain and much more.”
“Every development, every project and every initiative we create has a high level of social value as standard and I look forward to seeing the impact of Caddick’s work as the project progresses.”
Jubilee Gardens is part funded via Homes England, through the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
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