Wates Living Space has bolstered its position as Tamworth Borough Council’s partner for planned housing maintenance until 2030.
Work is gathering pace in Tamworth to improve the borough’s social housing, with 70 homes so far benefiting from refurbishment work.
The first batch of planned maintenance by the company involved the installation of new roofing, gutters and pipes and replacement windows and doors at 22 bungalows and 48 flats with. External fencing and pathways have also been replaced or refurbished.
The project, carried out at Sunset Close to the west of the town centre, is the first in a 10-year partnership between Wates Living Space and Tamworth Borough Council that will see council housing stock upgraded.
Work was completed in September after restarting in June following a temporary pause during the Covid-19 lockdown to implement the necessary safety and social distancing measures.
Stewart Reid, regional managing director of Wates Property Services in the Midlands, said: “I’m really pleased with the excellent progress we’re making as Tamworth Council’s planned housing maintenance partner. This has given us a solid foundation for the coming decade, throughout which we will continue to deliver a high-quality and efficient service that helps to improve the quality of housing for local people.
“Despite the considerable uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic and a necessary pause on all sites, we were determined to ensure these homes were completed on time and residents were provided with the necessary property improvements before winter.”
Councillor Michelle Cook, Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “Providing a high standard of decent, affordable homes is one of our main priorities as a council and represents a significant proportion of our spending. We’re delighted that our residents are already starting to see the benefits of the new partnership with Wates.”
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