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Social landlord to invest £90m into local economy

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Finance

Midlands Rural Housing Association invites interest in repairs and maintenance Midlands Rural Housing Association invites interest in repairs and maintenance

A social landlord has announced that it is set to invest over £90 million into its local economy over the next 10 years, through the retendering of some of its maintenance contracts.

Knightstone Housing's contracts cover everything from planned maintenance, including kitchen and window renewals, to responsive repairs, empty homes and gas servicing, as well as a substantial expansion of its own in-house maintenance team.

The Weston-super-Mare based housing association, which provides over 12,000 homes across the South West, has worked closely with tenants to ensure it's found the right contractors, choosing businesses with a proven track record in delivering the required services.

Contractors had to prove their commitment to local communities, promoting apprenticeship programmes and deliver social value.

Mark Beard, director of customer and community operations, said: “Maintaining our homes and ensuring they’re safe are some of the most important services we provide to our residents, whether it’s responding to emergency repairs, planning upgrades to kitchens and bathrooms or servicing equipment.

“These are five year contracts, with an opportunity to extend up to 10 years, meaning our contractors can really invest in their services and provide consistency to residents in the long term.

“We’re excited to be investing in our own in-house maintenance team at the same time as signing these contracts. We’re doubling its size, employing more people and expanding its operating area. This shows our commitment to Somerset and the West of England – we’re here for the long term!”

The selected contractors are: Anglian Building Products, the large projects division of Anglian Windows, Gregor Heating, Electrical and Renewable Energy, John West Contractors Ltd, MD Building Services Ltd, Mi-space (UK) Ltd, NKS Contracts Ltd and Spectrum Property Care Ltd. 

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