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Green fingered volunteers from WDH give The Prince of Wales Hospice a helping hand.20 June 2018

Published 20 June 2018
WDH employees have taken time out of their day jobs to volunteer at The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract to redesign the garden area under their heart shaped memorial arch with the help of donations from contractors.

Foundation Grant helps tenant with career prospects18 June 2018

Published 18 June 2018
We strive to provide value for money to our tenants in all of our services. This extends beyond services such as building homes or repairs and maintenance, and includes services such as getting people into work, reducing debt, getting people online and providing skills and training. You can read below how we helped one tenant gain essential skills to help progress her career.

Grange Park Bowling Club receives cash boost for new equipment 14 June 2018

Published 14 June 2018
Grange Park Bowling Club in Outwood has been awarded a Community Grant of over £640 by WDH.

Training Day a Great Success 8 June 2018

Published 8 June 2018
The latest applicants to our Training for Employment attended a very successful practical assessment day at Tuscany Court Warehouse facility.

Children help clean up the local park7 June 2018

Published 7 June 2018
Children from St Giles CE Academy in Pontefract helped WDH to clean up Monkhill Park.
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School children learn about site safety7 June 2018

Published 7 June 2018
WDH, in partnership with Starfish Construction, is building new homes in Wakefield. To ensure the safety of students at the nearby Sandal Magna Primary School WDH has worked with the school to educate them about the importance of staying safe near building sites.
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Dance is happening in Castleford23 May 2018

Published 23 May 2018
A new dance initiative for children and young people is set to launch at Castleford Academy on Wednesday, 23 May.
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WDH praised for roofing works14 May 2018

Published 14 May 2018
Residents and an international supplier have praised WDH for recent roofing works in Featherstone.

WDH praised for roofing works14 May 2018

Published 14 May 2018
Residents and an international supplier have praised WDH for recent roofing works in Featherstone.

The Pontefract Hub is now open!9 May 2018

Published 9 May 2018
The Hub will support our customers to access more services online independently or with the help of our trained Digital Angels.
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WDH super homes leading the way in sustainable building
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WDH super homes leading the way in sustainable building

Published 12 May 2017

 Specialist academics from Sheffield Hallam University, University of Salford and as far as Australia visited Park Dale in Airedale this week to see how the site has become one of the UK’s largest housing developments with a zero-carbon footprint.

The guests visited the 91 homes at Park Dale as an example of a low carbon housing development which included a presentation by WDH on the history of the site and wider retrofit work that has been carried out to promote affordable warmth across the Wakefield district.

They were also given a tour of the site, a visit to the boiler house and learning centre, before getting the chance to meet tenants in their homes.

Dr Stephen Berry, Manager - Research Node for Low Carbon Living at the University of South Australia, said: “The estate is a wonderful example of housing of the future. It’s a great trial of how a whole package of solutions, are delivering good outcomes for residents.”

He added: “There were lots of fabulous learnings to be taken to help us deliver exactly the right thing when it comes to these ‘super homes’. It’s so important to hear from the tenants themselves and how they benefit fully from them. The houses are built for families to generate efficiency in general everyday necessities including cooking and heating. There is a clear improvement to residents’ quality of life.”

Steve Wright, who lives in one of WDH’s super-efficient homes, said: “The money we save is fantastic. Our utility bills have more than halved. You have to use the facilities properly of course to feel the benefit but the benefits are exceptional. I very rarely need to put the heating on. Overall it’s very efficient and the benefits of the development fit into the modern lifestyle we have.”

Simon Gutteridge, Sustainability Manager for WDH, said: “It was an honour to have experts in their field to visit one of our neighbourhoods. We take great care in ensuring our developments improve health and wellbeing in our tenants as well as making the cost of living more affordable by improving energy efficiency.  It is clear that our developments, such as Park Dale, are leading the way in sustainable living and making a lasting and positive impact on the lives of our tenants.”

Completed in 2011, Park Dale was developed by WDH to offer realistic and affordable ways in which to build economical homes for sale and rent. This has resulted in improved recycling, and lowering the cost of energy bills by 40% compared to the average home. The site has gone on to be one of the most popular developed by WDH featuring 91 properties built to level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the social investment has been a great success, including employment opportunities and over £1,500 raised for local charities. 

 

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