Trafford Housing Trust

Locals 'build futures' at former Bayer site

12 January 2017

Jobseekers in Trafford have taken part in an intensive two-week construction training course as part of Trafford Housing Trust and Wates Residential’s redevelopment of the former Bayer complex in West Timperley, now renamed as ‘Stonebrook’.

Group of people in hi-viz vests stood outside Stretford Public Hall


Twelve over 19s took part in Wates’ ‘Building Futures’ programme, designed to give jobseekers a career kick-start in the house building industry.

The programme comprised trade sessions, including carpentry and brickwork, as well as CV and interview workshops with Wates Residential and its supply chain partners

The opportunity formed part of Trafford Housing Trust and Wates Residential’s regeneration of the 1.4-hectare site off Manchester Road, which will become a development of 33 family homes and 29 apartments.

Candidates learning how to fit a windowBuilding work began earlier this year following planning approval, which was unanimously granted by Trafford Council in November last year. The new development will be complete by next summer.

The Building Futures programme at Stonebrook forms part of Trafford Housing Trust and Wates Residential’s joint pledge to use the building work to provide training and employment opportunities for local people.  

As part of the on-site training scheme candidates were rewarded with a QCF Level 1 Award in Building Crafts and a CSCS registration to help secure future training and work experience on building sites, as well as a full set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The programme, which took place at Stretford Public Hall, involved attendees carrying out a community project and a smaller number of DIY jobs to support the hall, a community owned asset which recently announced the launch of a community share offer.


Launched by Wates in 2005, Building Futures is accredited by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and has so far seen over 1,000 jobseekers gain work experience across the UK.

Lee Sale, Business Director, Wates Residential, said, “The local support for Stonebrook is one of the most exciting things about this important development and to be able to invite local people onto our site has been a great experience for all involved. Building work is progressing at an incredible pace and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Trafford Housing Trust and making this a project that will be of continuing benefit to the Trafford community.”

Larry Gold, Director of Laurus Homes said, “One of the key aims of Stonebrook is to create a wide range of business, training and employment opportunities for local people, and we’re really happy to see that the events which have taken place so far through Building Futures have been a success. We look forward to helping many more people find work as the build progresses, and our ambitious development programme will provide even more local opportunities.”

 Building futures candidates at Stretford Public Hall holding their certificates


Homes at Stonebrook are to be marketed under the Laurus Homes brand.

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