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£250m in housing maintenance contracts awarded

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing

Lambeth Lambeth

A council and its ALMO have awarded five housing maintenance contracts, worth a combined £250 million.

Working in partnership with Lambeth Council, ALMO Lambeth Living has confirmed the contractors who will deliver the next tranche of work as part of its £450m Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS) programme.

The maintenance contracts, which come into force on 1 April, are for four years with options for two-year extensions.

Ola Akinfe, director of property services at Lambeth Living, said: “These contracts are arranged in a unique way to ensure we achieve the LHS by 2017. Breyers, Mears and Keepmoat have been allocated geo-graphical areas in the borough. Lakehouse and Mulalley will serve as reserve contractors ensuring continuity of work if one of the main contractors leaves or is unable to handle the full work schedule.

“The contractors will be expected to deliver around £250m of work as part of the ongoing LHS programme. Works will be focused on roof, window and external door replacements, but there will also be an element of internal decent homes upgrades including boiler replacements, plumbing, rewiring, and installation of new kitchens and bathrooms.”

The LHS was co-produced between 5,600 Lambeth residents, Lambeth Living and the council.

The winning firms were awarded the contracts after an extensive OJEU compliant competitive tendering process which generated competitive rates from bidders.

Ola Akinfe added: “These latest contracts represent excellent value for money. The ability to deliver wider community benefits in line with our joint vision and ensure sustainability were also top priorities for the procurement.

"Breyers, Mears, Keepmoat, Lakehouse and Mulalley will all contribute to meet our joint vision of creating apprenticeships, training opportunities, share basic DIY skills involvement for residents and help support local SMEs, where possible.”

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