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Partnership to deliver £50 million investment in council homes

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Partnership to deliver 50 million investment in council homes Partnership to deliver 50 million investment in council homes

Sandwell Council has formally launched an innovative partnership with three leading national construction players, which will see a £50 million package of repairs and improvements to some 6,000 of its council homes during the next three years.

The trio – Lovell Partnerships Limited, VINCI Facilities and Wates Living Space – will deliver the multi-million internal improvements programme which will benefit thousands of council tenants.

Each partner will be responsible for refurbishing around 2,000 properties across the borough, which did not receive improvements under Sandwell’s previous Decent Homes programme.

The range of improvements include: improved kitchens and bathrooms, new central heating systems and electrical rewiring plus external works such as replacing roofs and windows where necessary.

As well as delivering physical improvements to people’s homes, the Partnership is also investing in community-based projects that will make a real and long lasting difference to the communities they are operating in.

This could range from going into schools to talk about site health and safety issues and investing in the local economy through tangible training and employment opportunities to working with their local supply chains to support community facilities that will continue to deliver benefits for local people long after the improvements programme has been completed.

Councillor Ian Jones, cabinet member for jobs and economy, said: “The council has fought hard to continue investing in its council homes and given the economic climate. I am proud that we have been successful in developing a continuing programme of housing improvements.

“This will see more than £50 million being spent on internal refurbishment works, such as new kitchens and bathrooms, new central heating systems and electrical rewiring where needed, to properties, over the next three years. Our tenants deserve to have good quality, warm and energy efficient homes for themselves and their families.

“We are not just talking about physical and environmental improvements to people’s homes, but the improvements to the quality of people’s lives, the boost given to local communities through training and job opportunities for local people and other beneficial projects.”

David Gough, regional director for Lovell Partnerships Limited, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Sandwell Council, VINCI Facilities and Wates Living Space on this exciting refurbishment scheme. The opportunity to help provide residents with a better standard of living as well as helping to renovate the council’s housing stock sits well with our values and ethics, we are looking forward to a mutually successful completion of the works.”

Tony Raikes, managing director of VINCI Facilities Ltd, said: “Collaboration is a core value of VINCI Facilities, so it’s excellent to be part of a dynamic partnership that’s not just delivering housing improvements, but also community benefits for the people of Sandwell. We’ve worked with the Council for over ten years and are very proud to be able to continue to contribute to improving the area.”

Stewart Reid, business director at Wates Living Space, said: “The new contract marks a new chapter in the relationship that we have built with Sandwell Council that started ten years ago through the successful delivery of the Decent Homes Framework. It is reinforcement of their confidence in Wates as a partner and is testament to our ability to deliver upon our promises – we have consistently carried out works in Sandwell quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. We have also created a wide range of training and employment opportunities within the local area and enjoyed working closely with local people. We look forward to continuing our work with the council and residents over the next three years.”

The council’s survey teams have already been carrying out pre-work surveys at properties since 2013 and tenants on the following estates are already receiving or set to receive improvements during the coming financial year – 2014/2015:
• Charlemont Farm, Devereax Road, Bromford Lane, Kelvin Way, Lyng, Kelvin Way, Spon Lane, Beeches Road and Trinity Road in West Bromwich.
• Owen Street, Park Lane and Victoria Park, Tipton
• Tividale, Oldbury
• Tividale Hall, Rowley Regis.

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