Askern building firms scramble for share of work worth millions

Mark Knight, new build managing director for Keepmoat
Mark Knight, new build managing director for Keepmoat

The developer of a new housing estate in Askern attracted more than 50 local companies keen to win a slice of millions of pounds worth of work to an event.

Doncaster-based development company Keepmoat invited scores of local companies to Askern Town Hall to tender for the work as part of its ongoing commitment to use local labourers, contractors and suppliers on its projects.

Keepmoat has secured planning permission to build 228 new homes as part of the National Coalfield Programme, with building work expected to start in spring next year on the site off Campsall Road.

The development will see millions of pounds of work up for grabs, as well as job and training opportunities for the local community.

Mark Knight, new build managing director for Keepmoat, said: “The development in Askern will provide millions of pounds worth of work and we want to make sure that as much of that work as possible is kept within the local area.

“We want to use local businesses to provide the services needed as part of the development, ensuring that this investment is benefiting the people living in the local community.”

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “Growing our economy is a top priority for me and it is important that Doncaster companies support each other by buying locally wherever possible. It’s great to see so many new houses being built in Doncaster. As well as families needing these new homes, it’s a sign of developers’ confidence in our economy.”

Keepmoat was formed in March last year following the merger of Apollo and the Keepmoat Group of companies. It employs about 3,500 people across the UK.

Any businesses wishing to find out more information about the opportunities available, or pick up a tender pack, should contact Lindsey Parker from Keepmoat on 01709 766 000 or email