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05 July 2017

NCHA creates new construction deal partnership

Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) has created a new partnership with Starfish Group to deliver a construction mentoring service at two new housing developments in Nottingham.

The partnership will enable NCHA’s Property Services team to undertake electrical work, decorating, tiling and joinery works across the 43 homes being built. Starfish will oversee all works using their skills and expertise as a commercial building company.

Allan Fisher, NCHA’s Director of Development commented on this new approach:
“This new partnership shows that housing associations are not just building new homes for those in need, but they are also looking at new and innovative ways to work with commercial house builders. The partnership will enable the transfer of skills and training across both companies.”

NCHA has been developing new homes across the East Midlands for over 43 years, but has never before entered into a partnership where their own Property Services team has been part of the bricks and mortar building site team.

Simon Woodward, Starfish Group’s Director praised the team’s hard work:
“I judge any partner by their actions, and in the first phase of works NCHA’s Property Services team have delivered. We are very much looking forward to a long and valuable relationship that delivers sustainable homes, creates job, upskills team members and helps the NCHA Property Services team to be a house builder in their own right”.

One of the partnership’s first projects is a development of 26 new homes on Marmion Road in Nottingham. Designed and project managed by NCHA and Pelham Architects, the site will provide much needed new housing in the area. The partnership recently visited the site to review progress made to date. Once the properties have been become water tight, NCHA’s Property Services team will move in to take on electrical, joinery, painting and tiling tasks on site, overseen by Starfish Group’s team of experienced building mentors.