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Wates has appointed 96 staff © iStock

9 April 2018 | Marino Donati

Wates Living Space has won a contract worth almost £100m from Midlands-based housing provider Longhurst Group.


Under the 10-year contract Wates will deliver repairs, void refurbishments and planned maintenance works for Longhurst Group’s residential housing stock of around 16,000 homes across the Midlands.


The services will be delivered across Longhurst Group’s subsidiaries including Longhurst and Havelok Homes, Spire Homes, and Friendship Care and Housing Limited.


Wates has appointed 96 staff to work in cities and towns including Birmingham, Wellingborough, Boston, Nottingham, Grimsby, and Lincoln. Wates will import accounting and IT infrastructure from its repairs and maintenance contract with Birmingham City Council.


The company said it was building a network of regional suppliers to make sure that local subcontractors benefit from the contract, and that it would provide training and employment opportunities for local people.


Sharon Guest, executive director of Housing Services at Longhurst Group, said that having a single contractor to manage repairs across three of its member companies would ensure a more efficient and consistent service to customers.


“The new online reporting facility and being able to book specific appointments will also ensure greater flexibility,” said Guest.