BHP launch £15m per annum contract with Wates Living Space
Published by Nadia Khan for Brent Housing Partnership in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
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Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) has appointed Wates Living Space as its Asset Management partner for up to ten years. This is a £15m per annum repairs and maintenance contract, which was officially launched on Wednesday 23 July at Brent Civic Centre, 3pm to 5pm.
The affordable housing contractor was appointed after a robust tendering exercise, which involved residents throughout the whole process. Wates’ appointment will provide the opportunity for:
- 450 jobs in Brent
- 100 apprentices
- 60 employment placements for unemployed local people
- Engagement with Brent schools such as delivering anti-bullying programmes
This contract will provide savings of £1m a year and investment of an additional £1m a year into the local community, which will deliver an extra £20m benefit for Brent over the 10 year period.
As part of the partnership launch, BHP and Wates, with the support of Wates Giving, commissioned a community film called ‘Perceptions’ which was filmed on St. Raphael’s Estate and had its UK Premiere at the launch event. The film was directed and written by local resident, Samuell Benta who also directed the award winning series ‘All About the McKenzies’ which is currently showing on London Live TV.
There was entertainment from Brent based street dance group, First Impressions. The dancers, all between the ages of eight to 15 have also qualified to participate in a UK dance championship called Street Dance XXL which will be held in Wembley Arena in September.
Tom Bremner, Managing Director of BHP said:
"We are really excited about appointing Wates to help us invest in and improve our homes and provide opportunities for local people. We worked closely with our residents to appoint Wates for this 10 year contract and are confident they are a great partner to help us make a difference in Brent – investing in local homes and communities and making a positive change together.”
David Morgan, Regional Managing Director of Wates said:
“Our appointment by BHP will see the delivery of a £15m per annum repair and maintenance works to homes across Brent. Wates is committed to the 10 year partnership, delivering a high standard of works, with local residents benefitting from the creation of training and employment opportunities. We will leave a lasting legacy in Brent boosting employment prospects for local people, making an impact on the local economy.”
Councillor Margaret McLennan, Lead Member for Regeneration and Housing at Brent Council said:
“In line with the council’s commitment to improving the living standards of our tenants, providing jobs for our residents and building stronger communities, we welcome this partnership between BHP and Wates and the opportunities it will create.”