Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Builder Recruits Local People to Change City

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Builder Recruits Local People to Change City

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Local firm, Frank Haslam Milan (fhm) North East, a specialist in community regeneration, is committed to investing in its home city of Sunderland.

Having recently celebrated its 15th year of business in the region, the company has delivered a string of impressive and innovative projects, including retirement developments, refurbishment and regeneration schemes, including the transformation of Castletown for Sunderland Housing Group.

Its positive approach to partnership working and its staff's passion for the job has resulted in fhm securing all the projects bid for this year, in addition to forging strong working relationships with eight of the region's social housing providers.

Having worked closely with Sunderland Housing Group to provide five refurbishment schemes in the city in the past year, fhm has proved its ability in delivering large projects to time and budget, meeting the needs of its clients and customers.

Fhm customer relations director Lisa Lormor said: "Being based in Sunderland, we have a strong affinity with the city and are keen to promote grass roots regeneration. Many of our staff live in the area so are passionate about what it has to offer and keen to play an active part in shaping its future.

"Historically the city has always tended to lack confidence. The initiatives we are involved with help to break this stereotype by encouraging residents to take pride in their area, instilling a new sense of hope and community spirit."

Working in partnership with Sunderland Housing Group's Pathway Homes division, fhm has helped transform several areas of the city.

Castletown benefited from the introduction of 45 new properties, including 43 two-bedroom bungalows and two-, three-bedroom homes ( with 13 properties for sale and the other 32 for rent.

At Ryhope the partnership refurbished 114 properties to a standard far higher than the Government's Decent Homes Standard and is currently working on a similar scheme revitalising 225 properties at Burdon Lane. …

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