Hobson & Porter completes Pontefract social housing project

Our team recently transformed the site of a former 1960’s-built care-facility in Pontefract into 12-new build, two-bedroom homes.

The Monument House scheme was for the Wakefield and District Housing Ltd (WDH) with the plots orientated in a half-circle on a roundabout.

We demolished the two-storey care facility before building the homes. They are adjacent to the already built WDH-owned and operated 72-bed care home named Monument Mews.

Each of the dwellings is identical, offering a ground floor compromising a kitchen diner, lounge, downstairs bathroom, hall and bedroom. There is a further bedroom and en-suite, with a first-floor attic space.

Colin Kettlewood, Hobson & Porter’s site manager for the project, said: “This has been a successful build which further demonstrates our skills and capabilities in the health and social care sector.

“It didn’t come without some challenges though. With the work taking place on a roundabout, it made deliveries a little tricky at times.

“Each home has been modernised to a high-standard with modern kitchen units and level access shower rooms.

“All the bungalows have been designed with over 60s in mind, having been modernised throughout to create a relaxing and comfortable environment.

“These homes will help maintain that independent living and make a massive difference in the area, so we’re pleased to have played our part in building them.”

Completion of new South Cave affordable homes development

Hobson & Porter has completed 10 new affordable semi-detached homes in South Cave.

The dwellings at West End Farm were built in five pairs comprising four, two-bed houses and six, three-bed houses, for East Riding Council. The scheme was part-funded by Homes England.

The project, which took 60 weeks, required consultation with external parties on ecological issues, including trees and nesting birds. As well as the housing the project required significant improvements to the access road to take it to adoptable standards.

Dave McCorrie, Hobson & Porter’s site manager, said: “Given the close proximity of residents and the ecological issues, the scheme has been a sensitive build, but one in which I’m pleased with the outcome.

“There was also the challenge in terms of the restrictions of movement, due to the access being along a private road which is used by residents.

“These are much-needed good quality affordable homes. Several families, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a home in South Cave, will now have that opportunity.

“It is also another example of excellent partnership working with East Riding Council on a project which will have a long-lasting impact.”

East Coast Hub facility features in video highlighting Grimsby’s transformation

Our work on Ørsted’s multi-million-pound East Coast Hub in Grimsby has featured in an amazing new video to highlight how the offshore wind industry is transforming the town.

The Grimsby: Turning the Tide video highlights the good news stories that have come out of the offshore wind industry and from facilities such as the East Coast Hub. There are interviews from local entrepreneurs, councillors, business owners and apprentices.

Dave Blades, business development director for Hobson & Porter, said: “This is an amazing video and it is humbling to see the vital role we’ve played in helping to transform the fortunes of Grimsby and hearing from the people on the ground about the impact it’s had on their lives.

“The construction of the East Coast Hub has been a real team effort and is another example of the great partnership we have developed with Ørsted.

“As for the project’s impact, it really seems to have created a buzz around the town. Grimsby was once one of the world’s largest fishing ports, but following the decline in the 1980s, things are picking up and the town is now a world-leading location for offshore wind power. We’re proud to have played our part in this and hope to continue to help its legacy on other projects in the future.”

Danish-based Ørsted came onto the port in 2014, with a site hosting less than 20 employees. Five years later and that figure has grown to 350 at the O&M facility on the docks, constructed by Hobson & Porter. It’s the world’s largest offshore wind O&M base and it serves four offshore wind farms, which will become six by 2022.

The onshore operations and maintenance centre (O&M) for Ørsted has already been named the winner of the Best Renewable Energy Project of Installation category at the 2019 Humber Renewables Awards, as well as Best Commercial Building category at this year’s LABC South Yorkshire and Humber Building Excellence Awards.

Grimsby: Turning the Tide was launched at local brewery Docks Beers. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ewKOGBihw to watch the full video.

Hobson & Porter nearing completion of first EN:Able Build housing scheme

We are nearing the completion of our first work with EN:Able Build to improve the supply of affordable homes in the North of England.

24 affordable homes, a mix of two and three-bed, are being built at the Hawkins Close site in Harworth, near Doncaster.

The work, due for completion at the end of October, is being completed for Together Housing – one of the largest housing associations in the North of England.

The scheme was destined to be developed as homes for private sale until EN:Able Build agreed terms with the original developer for the scheme to be redesigned and developed as exclusively affordable homes. The project has also benefited future workers as apprenticeships have been created through the scheme.

Patrick Horton is major works contracts’ manager at Hobson & Porter. He said: “It has been a difficult piece of land to build on, especially with the complexities of the drainage.

“But once complete, it will bring opportunities to families to live in social housing, which otherwise might not have existed.

“Working with Together Housing and EN:Able Build will also hopefully be the start of an excellent partnership to provide affordable homes in the region.

“At Hobson & Porter, we are passionate about social value and lasting legacy and developing skills for the future – this collaboration ticks all those boxes.”

East Yorkshire badminton stars proving smash hits

Two local badminton stars, sponsored by Hobson & Porter, are continuing to enjoy a fine run of form at regional level.

Teenager Owen Walker has added to his ever-increasing medal haul over the last 12 months whilst gaining experience playing in adult competitions.

He’s also been representing Yorkshire at under-18 level – where he has been selected as one of only five boys in the first team. Owen was also involved with the prestigious Inter Counties Tournament at Nottingham University where Yorkshire finished an impressive third out of 34 counties. His Yorkshire team also finished in third place overall in the Shires League finals.

His year hasn’t come without medal success – with him winning two gold and silver medals in the men’s doubles, two more silver in the mixed doubles and two bronze in the men’s singles.

Meanwhile his younger sister Lucy Walker continues to progress through the rankings and is currently ranked number one girl for her age in Yorkshire. She has a national age group ranking of 15 in the mixed doubles and number 10 in England for both singles and girls’ doubles.

Hobson & Porter Managing Director Richard Hunter said: “We’re delighted to hear about the success of both Owen and Lucy who are doing so well with their badminton. They have both had great years and seem to be going from strength to strength.

“As a company we like to support the community where possible and that includes the sponsorship of talented young individuals like Owen and Lucy.

“We’re all very proud of their achievements and wish them continued success into the future.”

Completion of retail units as part of major Wawne Road retail development

Hobson & Porter has completed the construction of 10 new retail units on Wawne Road in Hull.

A convenience store, veterinary practice and bakery are among those moving in to the units between North Bransholme and Kingswood as part of the Priority Space development.

Hobson & Porter provided a full design and build service from basic design principles, with the units ranging in size from 470 sq ft to 2,880 sq ft.

The mixed-use retail development is part of a partnership between Hull City Council and property consortium KSHP – made up of Keepmoat, Strata Homes, Persona, part of Home Group and commercial property specialists, Priority Space.

Hobson & Porter’s work will complement 1,700 homes, which are currently being developed adjacent to the retail units.

Mark Smee is a Director at Hobson & Porter. He said: “We are pleased to have played our part in creating vital community facilities, transforming the site into what will be a vibrant commercial hub.

“It will prove a real boost for the local economy and jobs will be created and retained.

“We are committed to working on projects which benefit the communities we serve. Our work at Wawne Road will do just that.”

Hobson & Porter staff take on Three Peaks Challenge for Maddison

Hobson & Porter staff are making great strides forward in getting our colleagues’ daughter specialist therapy and specialist apparatus.

They are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – walking over 24 miles, climbing Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, all in under 12-hours. The challenge will now be taking place on Saturday 14th September, after being postponed in August due to a severe weather warning.

The money raised will go towards a supportive sitting aid for our colleague Amie and her partner Matt Cundill’s two-year-old daughter Maddison.

She was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Severe Refractory Epilepsy, which means she cannot walk, sit unaided or support her own weight and movements. She also cannot talk and struggles with learning difficulties.

Matt said: “We feel very humbled by the amazing support shown by our colleagues. The guys have really pulled together with this and the generosity and help received by everyone at Hobson & Porter really epitomizes the ethos and values the company prides itself on.

“The funds raised will help go towards specialist seating apparatus that the NHS cannot fund to help give Maddison the much-needed independence all children deserve. This will allow her to sit and play with toys and interact with her peers. It will also allow her to sit at a dinner table and join in with family meals and events.

“Hopefully the funds raised will also go towards extra physiotherapy classes.”

Any extra money raised will be donated to the East Yorkshire charity Nice 2B Nice, which supports disadvantaged children aged 16 and younger.

Dan Lamplough, Pre-Construction Manager, said: “With the fact that Hobson & Porter are a family-owned company and with the majority of employees having young families themselves, supporting Amie and Matt is something everyone has been keen to be involved in.

“Solid family values run through the company and what better way to get everyone together than to help raise money for a fantastic family and a beautiful little girl.

“The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge started off as a small group but as soon as people found out that Amie and Matt needed help, more and more people wanted to get involved.”

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helpingmaddison for more details.

New state-of-the-art care homes to transform lives in Hessle and Hornsea

Hobson & Porter has completed a multi-million-pound care home in Hessle, which features a cinema, bar, sensory gardens and a beauty salon.

The award-winning construction firm completed the 18-month project for East Yorkshire-based care provider Yorkare Homes.

Tranby Park is a 64-bed care home located off Heads Lane, providing residential and dementia care. It features several apartments for couples and the home has large gardens, an artificial bowls green and three terraces.

Mark Smee is a Director at Hobson & Porter. He said: “This is a state-of-the-art care home with a bar, cinema, and hair salon. The build has been successful – it’s three storeys and we’ve had to put a new road in.

“There’s a dementia ward, three grass balconies and it is a nice place to live.”

It’s the third care home Hobson & Porter has built for the award-winning East Yorkshire care provider – including Lindsey Hall in Cleethorpes and Beverley Parklands in Beverley.

Work is also underway on a new multi-million-pound Mere View Care Home in Hornsea.

Mark said: “We have a successful relationship with Yorkare and have a proven track record in building the kind of facilities they are after.

“The work in Hornsea overlapped with the building in Hessle. Both are similar facilities, but slightly different in shape, with the Hessle facility a ‘h’ shape, while the one in Hornsea is more of an ‘l’ shape.”

Once complete in summer 2020, Mere View Care Home will provide residential and dementia care with views over Hornsea Mere and the local countryside, but with close links to the town centre and seafront.

It will include sensory gardens, a pub, a full beauty salon, a bowling green and allotments.