Homes market upturn helps cement jobs

The developer behind three major housing developments in the Mansfield area has announced it created 30 jobs in the East Midlands over the past year.

Bellway says an upturn in the housing market has led to a recruitment drive across all disciplines in its East Midlands division.

Bellway has been building at the former Sherwood Colliery site in Mansfield Woodhouse for more than a decade. The development, known as Earlswood, is now in its final phase. It will have more than 300 homes when work finishes.

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At King’s Park in Market Warsop, Bellway has regenerated the former Royal Estate to create 263 homes. William Wood Park in Warsop Vale is a development of more than 100 homes set around a green open space.

Bellway now directly employs 100 people in the region compared with 70 at this time last year.

This is in addition to hundreds of contractors’ jobs which have been created or safeguarded at developments across the region.

Bellway’s new recruits range from sales advisors and site managers to administrative staff and construction and technical workers.

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Sales Director for Bellway East Midlands, Ben Smith, said: “It’s always great news to be creating jobs and we’re delighted to have found some really talented people.

“The market has really turned a corner over the last year or so and the demand for new homes in particular continues to grow.

“The latest research by the NHBC has highlighted the reasons for this – people are opting for low-maintenance homes which cost significantly less to maintain.”