Wates Living Space has been appointed by housing group the Guinness Partnership to deliver planned maintenance works at two high-rise schemes.
The contracts total £7 million and will include high-quality timber aluminium window replacements at the 13-storey Waverley Court in Crewe, as well as fire-risk assessment works including a new sprinkler system, fire alarm and fire doors at the grade II-listed India House building in Manchester city centre.
At India House, Wates will also deliver essential roof repairs, new decor and carpets in the communal area in addition to remodelling the ground floor to create eight new apartments.
These contracts are the latest projects delivered by Wates for the Guinness Partnership, an affordable housing and care provider, following the award of façade repairs and balcony redecoration to four high-rise tower blocks in Woolton.
These latest projects bolster Wates Living Space’s portfolio of more than 200 tower block properties nationwide and its wealth of experience in supplying planned and responsive maintenance to high rise residential buildings.
This includes 59 projects on behalf of Birmingham City Council, such as the transformation of Barry Jackson Court, a disused 20-storey tower block, into temporary accommodation for 160 families. Wates Living Space worked in partnership with Birmingham City Council to deliver the refurbishment, which included installing sprinkler systems, fire lifts, wet and dry risers, automatic opening ventilators, smoke extraction systems and automatic door actuators.
Wates was also responsible for the £7.2 million external refurbishment of one of West London’s most prominent residential tower blocks, Trellick Tower. Here, Wates Living Space carried out repairs, renovation and the replacement of concrete exterior panelling and 1,000 windows.