New housing contract secures jobs in town

FORTY jobs have been saved in Daventry after a housing regeneration specialist signed a new contract.

Lovell has opened its first office in Daventry, taking on staff previously employed by construction firm Connaught, which collapsed in September.

The firm was employed by Daventry and District Housing (DDH) to complete the outstanding period on the contract left by Connaught’s demise.

And after completing work in around 100 homes, Lovell has now confirmed it will tackle a further 1,500 homes in the next 15 months.

Rob Moore, partnering and development manager at Lovell Midlands, said: “We were delighted that DDH chose to work with us.”

Lovell will begin the next phase of Decent Homes Improvements on January 4 and will deliver improvement works to more than 1,000 homes in 2011.

Jonathan Hern, major improvement programme manager at DDH, said: “The fact that Lovell has opened this office in Daventry is a sure sign that they intend to immerse themselves in the area and work hard to meet local needs.

“We have been impressed by their commitment to keeping our home improvement programme on track and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them.”