7 May 2020: Local veterans celebrate VE Day with work getting back underway

Ahead of VE Day 75, construction on a scheme providing armed forces veterans a chance to gain valuable construction skills and experience whilst building their own brand-new homes, has restarted.

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Stonewater’s Waterworks Lane project in Leominster, Herefordshire, aims to demonstrate how organisations can work with local councils and charities to provide much-needed new homes to those that need them most.

Work was paused on the long-awaited community build development, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. However, colleagues from Stonewater and its local delivery contractor for the project Harper Group Construction Ltd are confident that they can adhere to safe working practices to reopen the site.

Stonewater is taking a phased approach to welcoming back the veterans that are working on the development. For the next few weeks, one veteran will be on site per day and will be rotated to ensure everyone has the opportunity to continue learning valuable and transferable skills that they can then bring into the workplace.

Matt Crucefix, Director of Development (West) at Stonewater: “Celebratory plans all over the country have been changed to ensure social distancing measures are met and people are kept safe during these challenging times. Whilst how many of us celebrate VE Day this year will be very different from previous years, we’re pleased to still be able to celebrate the occasion by recommencing work at Waterworks Lane.

“Despite this scheme being the first of its kind for Stonewater, construction work had been progressing at a good pace prior to lockdown and we are incredibly proud to see how the veterans have benefitted from the training and support provided so far.

“There is a high demand for veteran accommodation in Hereford given its large armed forces presence, but this isn’t the only area in the country that could benefit from a community build project like this. As people take the time to reflect over the VE weekend, I hope more organisations will be inspired to take on similar projects and support the ex-armed forces community in whatever way they can.”