Berkeley Group Brings 20,000 Property Jobs to London
It’s good news for those that work in London’s Property Industry; Berkeley Group’s ongoing Kidbrooke Village development is well underway in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and the 30 year project is set to bring around 25,000 jobs during the mammoth six-stage development project.
The development area has been crying out for regeneration for some time, and was previously an economically deprived area that was run down both inside and structurally. The former Ferrier Estate was demolished in phases between 2010 and 2012.
Kidbrooke village is set for completion in 2030, and will eventually accommodate around 5,000 residents. The billion pound project regeneration project is a joint effort with input from Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands (responsible for the architecture), the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Southern Housing Group, the Homes and Community Agency and Transport for London.
Creating property and construction industry jobs
The village development is said to be one of the most ambitious development schemes in Europe, and has already provided 229 members of staff with permanent jobs on the Kidbrooke Village regeneration project. Berkeley Group has a strong emphasis on getting young people into the property, construction and development industries, and has created 76 apprenticeship roles specifically for the Kidbrooke scheme.
The estimated 26,678 temporary and permanent jobs that will be required on Kidbrooke village aren’t all just focused on construction and property. The development is being turned into a village with a community feel, and part of that means that Kidbrooke will have its own supermarket, doctors and dentist - amongst other amenities. Other jobs will benefit the transport industry, with a new train station, and new bus and cycle routes through the village.
As well as the surge of newly created jobs, the sharp increase in London property that’s available to buy or let means that estate agents will also have more flats and houses to sell or let to local Londoners.
Construction Skills Centre
Berkeley Group created the construction skills centre as part of the property development company’s Apprenticeship Scheme at the Kidbrooke Village site. The aim of the skills centre is to develop the training and education of its young Berkeley employees, and help them take positive steps in their property careers.
One of Berkeley’s young success stories is Trainee Site Manager Yasar Ugur, who used the skills centre to develop his knowledge and get his foot in the door in the property and construction industry: “Before I joined Berkeley, I was hanging out with people who were in gangs and now I’m learning and developing my skills. I think about my future now and how this job has opened doors for me to construction and the big impact it’s had on my life.”
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