Council awards £100 million repairs contract
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
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Sheffield City Council has awarded a £102 million repairs and maintenance contract to cover its social housing stock.
Kier Services will maintain the properties of the council's 2,200 leaseholders over the next three years, with an option to extend the term by another two years.
The contract is currently delivered by Kier Sheffield LLP, a joint venture formed in 2003 between the council and Kier, but it is due to expire at the end of March.
The new contract covers emergency repairs and general maintenance as well as repairs to gas and electrics, heating, lifts and stair lifts to council housing as well as the maintenance of un-adopted highways, footpaths and car parks.
Although a short term contract, the new arrangement is based on a partnership to support the council’s aim to transfer the service into a wider integrated housing management service.
Kier intends to make improvements to the repairs and maintenance service in a number of areas, including better use of technology for community technicians, and move to a community-based delivery model to offer improvements through smarter working, lower transport costs and reduced carbon emissions.
The new community-focused service will also continue a handyperson service that was launched last year in the south west and east of the city. It has now been extended to the whole city.
The service aims to help tenants aged over 60, and those with a disability or severe health problems with smaller jobs in their home that they cannot manage themselves.
Councillor Harry Harpham, the council’s cabinet member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “We went through a thorough tendering process and Kier was chosen as the preferred bidder against three other major companies.
“Discussions have taken place to agree all the details of the contract before we were in a position to sign the new contract. This will provide welcome continuity for Council house tenants who have been used to the service provided by Kier in the last few years. This will also retain much-needed local employment and new training opportunities for young people in the city.”
Kier's regional operations director, Phil Oades, added: “We are delighted to continue working alongside Sheffield City council, helping to achieve the objectives and aspirations for the city, its tenants and residents, and contributing to the local economy.
“Our intention is to combine the best skills, practices and innovations from our 11-year partnership and develop a fresh, more efficient service with greater benefits for tenants and the wider communities.”