Woodhead & Bolsover DC partnership celebrates big win

Robert Woodhead Ltd and Bolsover District Council’s B@Home Partnership came top for Corporate Responsibility at this year’s Building Communities Awards.

Woodhead took the title for the second year running at Friday night’s ceremony, with the partnership between both organisations also named as runner up in the Project of the Year category.

The awards, held at East Midlands Conference Centre, were hosted by regional procurement consortium, EEM Ltd. The not-for-profit organisation works with dozens of housing providers and public sector bodies to help make efficiency savings on asset management and maintenance work programmes across the country.

The B@Home Partnership between Woodhead and Bolsover District Council, developed as part of an EEM Ltd framework, is creating over 100 brand new energy efficient homes. The partnership is not just about bricks and mortar, it intends to leave a legacy on the individual communities it works in across the Bolsover district.

Already over a year into the four year partnership, Woodhead has worked alongside The Bolsover School, Tibshelf Community School and other local initiatives to engage 865 young people. It has also delivered 39 training events, four adult employment opportunities and seven work experience placements.

Local contractors were engaged through a Meet the Buyer event, which attracted interest from 49 local businesses. To date over 60% of the subcontractors and 81% of the spend has been sourced from within 20 miles of the project.

Dave Pearson, Project Manager on the B@Home Partnership, said: “It means a great deal to us as a business to take home the Corporate Responsibility Award for the second year running.

“As a business, we believe in creating a better experience for all, and having a lasting impact on the people and communities we work with. An award like this celebrates our values as a company and the people that work really hard to make programmes of work like this a success.”

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “This is a great achievement and one that we are very proud to have won. It shows that our partnership with Robert Woodhead is not just about building things, it’s about providing opportunities for young people. It’s about making sure we provide good quality homes for people. And it’s about making sure people can trust us as both a housing provider and landlord.”

With one site already completed in Creswell and the next phase well underway, the programme of works is having a huge impact on communities across Bolsover.

Pictured: L/R David Pearson Alistair Taylor, Bob Chadwick, Matt Broughton, Peter Campbell, Matt Bust Ian Barber, David Riley, Glenn Slater and Cllr. John Ritchie.