Equity grows repairs service with Forrest
Published by JeffMcM for Equity Housing Group in Communities and also in Housing
Equity's Head of Asset Management Alec Gaston, with Forrest's Frameworks Director Andrew Stubbs and Equity Customer Panel Member, Linda Davenport
Equity Housing Group has appointed social housing contractor Forrest to deliver its responsive repairs and voids maintenance services for the next four years.
The agreement is valued at £1m per year and will cover routine, urgent and emergency repairs and maintenance. Forrest will deliver repairs and renewals to tenanted properties and internal and external communal areas, as well as taking responsibility for clearance and cleaning empty properties. Emergency and out of hours work to rectify minor and major property damage and restore essential services will also be provided.
The framework agreement covers more than 4,500 properties in Equity Housing Group’s portfolio across Greater Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire East and West, Merseyside, Derbyshire Dales, Yorkshire and Shropshire. As part of the agreement, Forrest will also be supporting the Equity Foundation in developing projects to promote healthy living and tackle worklessness in local communities.
David Fisher, Chief Executive of Equity Housing Group, said: “We want to provide our customers with a reliable, high quality repairs service which is easy to access, provides value for money and gets it right first time. Forrest has an excellent reputation and a proven track record within the housing sector and we look forward to working together over the next four years to deliver a superb service for our customers.”
Lee McCarren, Chief Executive at Forrest, said: “Responsive repair and maintenance is core to Forrest’s service offering, as we look to support our clients and their tenants’ maintenance needs. Our expert responsive repair and maintenance team has been specifically established to deliver rapid response works and 24 hour repairs to quickly make properties safe and comfortable.”