City West Works celebrates a year of success
Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities
Birthday celebrations – Barry Brussels, Managing Director at City West Works (centre of image) is joined by City West customers who live at the newly refurbished Canterbury Gardens, and City West Works operatives who worked on the project
City West Works Ltd has celebrated its first birthday by completing a major refurbishment project at a housing development in Eccles - seven weeks ahead of schedule.
The company was established as a subsidiary of City West Housing Trust in April 2013 and carries out construction works on the housing association’s 14,600 homes across West Salford, including transforming 138 flats at Canterbury Gardens.
As the lead contractor for the £1.5 million project, City West Works undertook a full external and internal refurbishment including fitting new windows, doors and gutters, rewiring communal areas, installing energy efficient lighting, new security doors, a video intercom system and completing the overhaul with new floor tiling and a full decoration.
The project began last April and was due to take 12 months, however the project was completed in February, ahead of schedule.
Barry Brussels, Managing Director at City West Works, said: “It’s been an amazing first year for City West Works and the project at Canterbury Gardens is a great example of the dedication of our staff and the high quality service they can deliver.
“We’ve engaged with the local community and residents at the scheme throughout the work with regular events, such as a Christmas party, and going the extra mile by installing benches and trellis panels to help keep the surrounding area looking attractive.
“We were also handed an ‘excellent’ rating by Considerate Constructors for our work on the scheme, which is great news for the team.”
In its first year City West Works carried out almost 50,000 repairs jobs and answered more than 150,000 calls in its service centre.
Staff were able to bring around 1,500 void properties back into use across West Salford, and waiting lists for major adaptions to homes were slashed from 500 to 20.
The organisation was also able to employ 19 new full time apprentices, with more to come in 2014.
Barry added: “We have a lot of achievements we can be proud of. As well as improving the services we deliver and taking on apprentices who live in the communities where we work, we’ve also made a major commitment to environmental issues and send 100% of our waste to recycling, alongside our new electric cars which have contributed to our overall reduction in CO2 emissions by 23.5 tonnes.
“We’re looking forward to our second year, when we are hoping to build on our success and improve thousands more homes across the area.”
For more information about City West Works visit www.citywestworks.co.uk