Wates Living Space has been reappointed by Thurrock Council to continue its work on the council’s Transforming Homes Programme for another five years.
The contract, worth £45 million, was awarded after a competitive tender process and begins on 1 July. During the works, Wates will continue to manage an installation programme of new bathrooms, kitchens, boilers, windows and roofs in at least 10,000 properties across the local authority area in Essex.
Under the current contract, which began in 2018, Wates has already delivered:
- 7,545 kitchen and bathroom refurbishments
- 1,493 boiler renewals
- 5,698 electrical upgrades
- 788 window replacements
- 8,000 asbestos surveys
- 7,500 asbestos removals
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the provider has maintained strict social distancing and safe working measures on all its contracts.
Darren Burns, regional managing director of Wates Living Space. Said: “Alongside the great work our teams have done improving people’s homes, we have also made a lasting impact on the local community, with over £46,000 of community investment generated throughout our contract. This includes over 240 hours of training opportunities for local people and 158 students supported by our education programmes.”
Councillor Barry Johnson, Thurrock Council’s cabinet member for housing, added: “Since our Transforming Homes programme launched, we have made improvements to thousands of council homes in Thurrock and enhanced the lives of so many of our tenants. We’ve also seen increased tenant satisfaction in this programme. During the coronavirus pandemic, we have been able to deliver these improvements by taking all the necessary steps to protect our tenants, workforce and contractors and are continuously reviewing the latest official guidance to ensure everyone’s safety.”
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