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Back to school for creative residents 19 March 2019

Published 19 March 2019
WDH residents in Pontefract and Knottingley have taken part in a 10 week course to achieve a qualification in arts and crafts.

Over 500 litres of paint recycled15 March 2019

Published 15 March 2019
A splash of colour will go back into community projects after the painting and decorating team donated over 500 litres of paint to be reused.

Do you dare to be different? 14 March 2019

Published 14 March 2019
Our apprentices are open to anyone and this year we are supporting the Girls in Construction campaign. The campaign shows girls that they can do whatever they want. We are working with schools, offering taster sessions for girls at The Stores, Normanton to show them what is involved and to encourage them to consider a career in construction. Caroline joined WDH as an Apprentice Plumber 12 years ago and enjoys everything about it. The challenges, the variety and the people she gets the opportunity to work with make her job great. Construction isn’t just for men, girls can do it too.  Click here to watch the Girls in Construction video.  
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Northern Ballet Workshop at Castleford Academy13 March 2019

Published 13 March 2019
Students on the When Dance Happens initiative were treated to a ballet masterclass ahead of their eagerly anticipated trip to see the production of ‘Victoria’ at the Northern Ballet Company in Leeds.

WDH Community Grant helps develop children’s skills7 March 2019

Published 7 March 2019
iSpace, a community group based in Wakefield, has been awarded a community grant worth over £1,000.

Celebrating the hard work of our apprentice mentors 7 March 2019

Published 7 March 2019
Over 30 apprentices are currently completing an apprenticeship with us and each of them has the support of a mentor, to provide valuable advice and support in their chosen trade.

Let’s talk about apprenticeships – Castleford Academy visit 5 March 2019

Published 5 March 2019
We work with schools across the district to promote the benefits of apprenticeships, so when Castleford Academy approached us and asked if could help support groups of Year 11 students we welcomed the opportunity to show what apprenticeships with us are all about.

Learning a trade isn’t just for boys!4 March 2019

Published 4 March 2019
A job in the trades at WDH can lead to a bright future and a successful career, whichever route you take.

Our Love Where You Live Awards are back!4 March 2019

Published 4 March 2019
Young achievers and community heroes in the Wakefield district who make a positive difference to our communities will be celebrated in our eighth annual Love Where You Live awards.

WDH and Termrim build 22 new homes on former depot site in Airedale1 March 2019

Published 1 March 2019
WDH and building contractors Termrim have built 22 new homes on WDH’s former depot site at Austin Road in Airedale.
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Energy project set to inform design and build of new WDH homes
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Energy project set to inform design and build of new WDH homes

Published 3 July 2015

A project to find out the energy consumption of homes built by WDH is set to begin.

Organised by WDH in partnership with the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, ‘Warmer Wakefield Homes’ will see up to 100 properties involved in an exploratory study to find out what measures could be undertaken to improve the build quality of its homes to lower tenants’ energy bills.

The project, which concludes in December 2016, feeds into WDH’s corporate and social objectives to build more affordable and energy efficient homes following a commitment to spend £650 million on both this and improving the estates it currently manages.

WDH has already delivered nearly 700 properties across the Wakefield district since forming 10 years ago.

Adam Green, WDH Homebuilder Manager, oversees the construction of homes built by WDH’s own in-house workforce of construction tradespeople.

He said: “We want to find out whether the design of our homes matches the performance we expect to see from them. By monitoring energy usage and carrying out ‘thermal modelling’ we hope to see areas where we can improve the way we build homes. If we find more cost effective, more energy efficient materials and possibly areas where we can improve our ways of working, we’ll be able to drive bills down further – which is what we really want to see.”

The project is being part-funded through an Innovate UK grant for innovative collaborative working. Through it a Knowledge Transfer Partnership has been established between WDH and Leeds Beckett University. As part of this Agnieszka Knera has been seconded to join the WDH Homebuilder team as a Building Energy Analyst for the duration of the project. She will work alongside WDH’s in-house construction team to ensure value for money is achieved through continuous development of its new-build housing stock.

She said: “We’re at the stage now where we’re writing out to and meeting with customers to ask them whether we can monitor their energy usage in their Homebuilder constructed homes. Hopefully we’ll have plenty of willing participants as the feedback so far has been encouraging. As WDH has such a large stock of homes - over 30,000 – the project has real long-term potential to improve homes across the district.”

 

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