New jobs announced as Keynsham regeneration begins

Published on: 07 Dec 2012

New jobs announced as Keynsham regeneration begins

In less than a few weeks, a large part of Keynsham’s town centre has been reduced to rubble as developers moved in to begin demolition.

The process began on November 14 when town council chairman Gill Hellier was the first to operate the machine that would be tearing down the 1960s buildings on the Centre.

Cllr Hellier said: “I’m just pleased this day has come. It is brilliant news for Keynsham to see it moving forward.”

The £34m project, which will include new offices, retail space, library and one-stop shop for services, is scheduled for completion in 2014. Developer Willmott Dixon has also revealed that it will be creating nearly 50 jobs and training opportunities on the project for local people over the next two years.

Bath and North East Somerset Council leader Paul Crossley and Cabinet member for sustainable development Cherry Beath were also in Keynsham to see the regeneration process begin.

Cllr Beath said the council wanted to see the creation of more apprenticeship schemes, adding: “It makes complete
sense to draw from local resources and skills for this exciting project.”

The opportunities to be created will include six work placements for young people, nine opportunities for graduate and apprentices, seven new jobs on site, and 25 training and qualification opportunities for local subcontractors.

To find out more about the opportunities contact or call 0292 0221002.

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