Apprentices play a part in providing new homes for Catalyst Housing Group

Eight apprentices have played a role in the development of Bond Mansions, a prestigious project which is delivering 89 new homes to Wornington Green in London.

Apprentice placements at this site were residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, ensuring the local community directly benefited. Six apprentices in total were recruited. Trades were varied and included plumbing, electrical, dry lining, carpentry and floor laying.

One of the apprentices employed and supported at this project was Oliver Cunningham, who is an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor.

Oliver said: “It was a brilliant experience working at Wornington Green. I worked on the site for around two and half years and saw it go from an empty site to completion. I learnt a lot during my time and experience on site and look forward to learning more and developing my career at United Living.”

This development for Catalyst Housing Group, will bring Phase 2A of the Portobello Square regeneration project which is located next to the iconic Portobello Road into its final stage. Work is now being carried out on road alignment which will conclude this phase of the project.

The regeneration consists of the remodelling of Portobello Square through three phases, which aims to create approximately 1,000 new homes and a mixed tenure community to central London, helping to meet the government’s housebuilding targets. The properties form the Bond Mansions development and are split between 31 for private sale and 58 for rent and are built over seven storeys. This scheme provided some challenges as it backed onto a live railway line with tight access which required a well-designed traffic management plan.

This new building was constructed using a reinforced concrete frame with steel frame solution infill and all homes have an external space, whether that’s a balcony or for ground floor homes, a garden. Externally there is a communal garden and play area.

To maximise space on this project, no plant has been incorporated within the building, instead it’s fed from phase one which is 200m away.

United Living Construction Managing Director, Steve Carden said: “Getting apprentices onto our projects and into our sector is vital at this time. The industry is changing and by encouraging younger people to work for us and gain this vital experience and training means we are securing the next generation into our industry.”