Following the recent planning approval for Higher Home Park, home of Plymouth Argyle FC, owner Akkeron has ensured an early start on site by naming Plymouth-based building company Kier Construction as its preferred contracting partner.
Keir said Akkeron’s key criteria for selection of the preferred main contractor was the contractor’s willingness to commit to the creation of jobs locally and to support local schools and colleges in developing core construction skills within the City. Kier scored highly against these criteria and, subject to finalising terms, will be appointed as main contractor.
On behalf of Akkeron, Kier Construction is now inviting local trades to potentially work with them on the Higher Home Park project.
Kier Construction regional Managing Director Anthony Irving said:
Kier has a strong Plymouth heritage, having had a base here for 80 years and as the preferred main contractor for the Higher Home Park project, it will be our priority to draw on the skills of the local supply chain in the city.
The scheme, which will include a new grandstand, a 10-screen cinema, a 1,500 seat ice rink and a 120-bed hotel, will provide opportunities for all the building trades and Kier is asking businesses to start registering their interest with them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Akkeron invited Kier to work closely with the professional team to develop the designs for this exciting development at Higher Home Park and I am delighted that we have reached the stage where we can now involve local subcontractors, as well as schools and colleges. It is important that people in Plymouth benefit from the construction of Higher Home Park and that the young people we train during the scheme will go on to build many more great projects in the city.
Mark Jones, Head of Akkeron Regeneration, said
We are delighted that this process can get under way and it reinforces our commitment to using local businesses and labour in order to maximise the employment and economic benefits of the scheme for Plymouth. This programme ensures that we invest in the future of our young people and those seeking a move into construction industry after what has been a difficult period.