Kier is backing a new scheme to help people buy their new homes, contributing to a £3 million regeneration plan of the local area.
Kier, which provides repairs and maintenance to more than 19,000 properties in Stoke-on-Trent, is carrying out £1 million of internal and external renovations, including chimney works, roof repairs, replacement doors and windows and floor and stair repairs on 33 empty properties.
The company, which has employed 20 local subcontractors to carry out the work, will also replace heating systems, wiring, kitchens and bathrooms in the properties.
The regeneration project was pioneered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, offering people the opportunity to purchase one of the currently derelict homes for just £1.
Successful applicants must take out a £30,000 loan to improve the property, which is then paid back over ten years, with significantly lower monthly payments than renting a property in the same area.
Kier Stoke service manager, Robert Burt, said: “Kier is dedicated to working hard for the communities it serves and we are proud to be involved in this pioneering scheme, which promises to create new neighbourhoods and bring an abandoned community to life.
“Our years of local knowledge and expertise make us perfect for this role and we have employed 20 local subcontractors to carry out all kinds of work, from damp-proofing to wall tiling.”
Cllr Janine Bridges, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “The programme is really gaining momentum now and it’s great to see the work being done by the city council, in partnership with Kier Stoke, to bring these derelict properties back into use and transforming them into homes once again.
“It’s fantastic to see the renovation of these homes leading to the creation of a brand new community in our city.”