J Tomlinson has extended its long‐term link with West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) with a planned and reactive maintenance contract worth about £1 million a year.
The new contract, which began last month, runs for three years with the option of two year-long extensions. The provider will deliver planned and relative maintenance, renewable and low-carbon energy solutions, as well as spin‐off building projects across the client’s estate, which comprises community ambulance stations, 999 and 111 operating centres, fleet preparation hubs and training academy covering a 5,000-square-mile radius.
The Midlands‐based building and maintenance services firm has worked since 2015 with the trust, which covers a population of about 5.6 million people over 5,000 square miles.
Operating across Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham and the Black Country, J Tomlinson will work closely with the trust to guarantee that its premises and equipment comply to statutory legislation, are legally safe, and run at optimum efficiency to support the 24/7 “mission‐critical” operations.
Planned works consist of servicing and maintaining internal and external systems across trust premises, grounds and gardens, including heating, cooling and ventilation, water, firefighting equipment, pest control and landscaping. J Tomlinson will deploy a IFS CAFM system designed by its in‐house software development specialists to align with the trust’s reporting requirements and KPIs.
The company will also work on decarbonising the trust’s fleet and assets, using its low-carbon and renewables expertise to facilitate the roll‐out of EV charging infrastructure across many sites. It will install two 120kW rapid chargers at Erdington and Hollymoor‐based hubs to guarantee minimal downtime.
The trust has already taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment by introducing the first all‐electric ambulance to ‘blue light duties’, and the planned installations will ensure that its fleet will always be fully charged and ready to deliver emergency response to the West Midlands.
Steve Kirkland, managing director of J Tomlinson’s maintenance department, said: “Both J Tomlinson and WMAS are aligned in their commitment to creating a low-carbon future, and we are excited to help our client contribute to meeting their air quality targets as Birmingham introduces its Clean Air Zone in June 2021.”
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