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Lovell lands West Lothian housing deal

Lovell has secured three contracts for the construction of new housing schemes in West Lothian.Totalling more than £33 million, the deals will involve the provision of 443 new homes for social rent as part of the authority’s major new-build housing programme. Some 195 homes are to be built at sites in Wester Inch, Bathgate, Redhouse West, Blackburn and Pumpherston. Worth a combined £17.5 million, the scheme will provide a mix of cottage flats, houses and bungalows and are due for completion in December 2016.An £18.1 million development on land at Kirkhill, Broxburn is to involve the construction of 230 new homes. Due for completion in April 2017, the scheme will feature the same mix of accommodation as the previous deal.The company has already begun work on an 18-home redevelopment of the former Broxburn Primary School, which is due to be finished in summer 2015.Executive councillor for services for the community George Paul said: "We're delighted to reach this stage in the process which will see 443 new homes being built across West Lothian."West Lothian Council are committed to providing new, affordable homes across the county and we are very proud of our track record in delivering new homes for the residents of West Lothian."He added that employment and training opportunities created by the announcement will be an additional benefit for the local community.These opportunities include 16 construction apprenticeships, 18 additional trainee jobs, four graduate jobs and 41 work placements giving people in education the opportunity to gain construction industry experience.Lovell regional director Alan Taylor said the firm is "delighted" to have been selected for the projects to build high-quality council homes.He added that the developments would provide a boost to the local economy and include employment and training opportunities.Lovell is in its fourth year of working with West Lothian Council. The company built and sold the UK's first affordable partnership homes back in 1972 and currently employs 1,600 people across the country. 

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