Housing association Optivo has appointed energy, services and regeneration specialist ENGIE to deliver vital fire remediation work worth £120 million across its estate.
Croydon-based Optivo has been surveying the materials and workmanship of external wall systems across its UK portfolio to assess whether its residential blocks meet acceptable standards of safety in accordance with governance advice.
The partnership between Optivo and Engie means the remediation works can now be undertaken. The contract, which begins next month, will see ENGIE embark on several months of extensive investigation and design work across various buildings. The whole programme will be delivered over seven years, and on-site work is due to begin this summer.
Both organisations will network with residents to provide full remediation solutions. Works will involve removal and replacement of combustible materials to external wall systems, including cavity barriers; the removal and replacement of any non-compliant spandrel panels and balconies.
ENGIE said energy efficiency will play an integral part in the planning and design. It also plans to access funding and work with residents and Optivo to deliver these technologies and reduce the risk of fuel poverty for residents.
Dan Germann, regional managing director of ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “Optivo has a clear directive and the significance of this work isn’t lost on anybody. We have the experience, technology, skills and systems in place to work within the golden thread framework – which was a requisite of the delivery – but we are also perfectly placed to bring net-zero solutions to the table; ensuring these homes are not only safe but efficient.”
Heather Langridge, Optivo’s director of asset compliance, added: “We want to make sure our residents are safe in the building they live in. It’s why we’re continuing to do everything we can to comply with all the government guidance and regulations to ensure all our buildings meet the required standards. We welcome this partnership which means we can now start to deliver these vital fire remediation works.”
ENGIE will also run a recruitment drive to provide jobs for local people and suppliers during the seven-year programme and offer eight apprenticeships each year.
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