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£15m contract for repairs firm to turn council stock into 'better homes'

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

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Strategic outsourcing company Mitie has won a property management contract with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to manage its 'better homes' programme.

The firm will work with the council to deliver planned work for kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring, heating systems, roofing and window replacement.

The contract is worth up to £7 million in the first year, extendable by performance by a further year with a total value of £15m.

Work undertaken will also include concrete repairs and external and internal decorations.

Mitie has already begun surveying external blocks in the Surbiton and Tolworth areas, and will extend to the rest of the borough over the course of the year.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, chief executive of Mitie, said: “Cost certainty, consolidation and efficiencies are becoming increasingly important as budgets are tightened and standards become higher.

"We’re delighted that the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has chosen to partner with Mitie to deliver leading, innovative services to residents, ensuring they get the right level of service in their homes.”

The better homes standard exceeds the government’s minimum standard for housing (the decent homes standard).

The programme started in 2012 and will be completed in 2017.

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