Housing contractor has won job thought to be worth approximately £50m

Essex-based housing contractor, Hill Partnerships, has scooped a contract to build the 309-home Colindale, north London, regeneration project for housing association Genesis.

The job is thought to be worth approximately £50m. Hill was set up in 1999 by former Willmott Dixon board director Andy Hill, who is thought to have beaten his former employers, along with Kier, Galliford Try and Mansell, to the contract.

The work will include the redevelopment of Zenith House with a 16-storey tower, in a scheme designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards archit ects. The development will also include a community centre, and just under half will be available for social rent or shared ownership.

The first homes will be handed over in late 2012 with completion expected in the middle of 2013.

Hill, which is on track to turn over £185m this year, has also been expanding its development arm, and has just completed the purchase of the CB1 site in Cambridge next to the city’s station, where it will build 169 homes.

Previous owners Ashwell, which went into administration in 2009, had been promoting a Richard Rogers-designed scheme backed by Lloyds Bank for the site.