A trailblazing construction business well-known for creating better places for people to live and delivering positive social impact across the North-West is expanding into Cumbria.

Evolution, which takes pride in delivering quality private housing, social housing, and sheltered housing, is creating jobs for tradespeople to work on a scheme in Barrow.

After more then a decade of success in the construction industry, it’s the first time Evolution has worked in Cumbria.

An Evolution team of 10 will be working on Anchor’s Seymour Court retirement housing scheme for over 55s in Elizabethan Way, Barrow.

Evolution will start work in April on renovating all 52 properties in the scheme, 44 studio apartments and eight bungalows. The company also aims to work on other schemes in Cumbria.

Ben Reader, Evolution Contract Manager, said: “We work on similar projects all over the North-West so it makes sense for us to offer the same level of service in Cumbria.

“We are really looking forward to working in the Barrow community and helping to transform people’s homes in the area. Hopefully it’s the start of more involvement from the Evolution team delivering positive social impact in communities across Cumbria.”

The Evolution team working on the scheme will include joiners, plasterers, plumbers, tilers, painters, and labourers and will involve apprentices. Some of the team will be recruited locally. Ben manages a team of 25 tradespeople and sub-contractors who work on similar projects for Evolution in Liverpool, Chester, Warrington, Stockport, Blackpool, Blackburn, Bolton, Oldham and Morecambe.

Fellow Evolution Contracts Manager Paul Garforth manages another team of site managers, site supervisors, 25 tradespeople and sub-contractors working on projects in Liverpool, Birkenhead, Bury, Accrington, Leigh and Lancaster. Providing better homes and jobs, including giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to build a career in the construction industry, is at the heart of Evolution’s mission.

Managing Director JJ Fitzgerald said: “At Evolution we are a family and we care about our people and our communities. Providing opportunities to young people is really important to us.

“It’s about changing people’s lives. We renovate houses to give people quality homes and we provide jobs which help people build a better life.”

Evolution employs up to 80 people renovating private housing, social housing and sheltered housing across the North-West.