Ilkeston 'Hod' gives the nod to 168 new homes in 'fantastic' start to the year

Published on: Monday, 19th August 2019

A Derby based construction boss from Ilkeston has announced that the first half of the year has been 'epic' as he laid the foundations for 168 new homes.

Ian Hodgkinson, director at his Pride Park based firm, has not only laid the foundations for the new properties, his team have also trialled a brand new way of working to speed up the process.
 
Ian, who co-founded the Access Training Construction Academy earlier this year, said: "The company is going 'great guns' at the moment.  We have just completed a fantastic first half of the year.  We have trialled the use of timber frames and liquid screed to speed up the efficiency of the build process at a development in Stoke, and we hope to roll this out."
 
Ian, who has seen his turnover increase to record levels in 2019, continued: "By using modern methods of building we can work on both the interior and exterior of a property at the same time, and the use of liquid screed means that several plots can be done in one day, which is phenomenal.  We are building homes so fast that we are running out of land."
 
In addition to putting new homes in the ground, Ian's business is set to appear on a demolition programme for TV channel Quest later on this year.
 
Ian commented "The success of the business is fully down to the innovative ideas of our team, combined with the passion of the original directors and the senior staff recruited form major house builders.  Most construction firms are being affected by Brexit from a resources and staffing point of view.  Many are struggling with the lack of tradespeople coming from Europe, but we are certainly not!"
 
"Our academy is providing the much-needed skilled workforce that we require, and from our 100-strong bricklaying workforce, 22 of those are a direct result of our training and academy, which is a testament to its success."

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