Wates Living Space has secured a £40 million, five-year extension to its property maintenance contract with housing association Network Homes.
Wates will carry on delivering repairs and maintenance services incorporating responsive, planned, and voids work on 14,000 properties across Greater and North West London under the renewed deal from this November.
Under its existing deal, which began in 2016, Wates has already delivered:
- More than 30,000 repairs and 400 voids each year;
- 500 free level one and two NVQ and equivalent training courses for local people;
- 400 places for local people on CV and interview workshops;
- 800 staff volunteer hours;
- Support for local people in need through a dedicated food pantry initiative; and
- Regular support for local businesses and social enterprises
Gary Wilkinson, regional managing director of Wates Living Space, said: “Not only have we demonstrated continued high-quality work across the properties, but we have also made a lasting impact on local people and businesses through our training, employment and volunteering initiatives.
“Alongside the great work our teams have done improving people’s homes and our support for the local community, we are also trying to limit our impact on the environment during our works. We have committed to converting all vans used on the contract to electric by 2025, donating 10,000 trees and providing Network Homes with access to the Wates Innovation Network, a new portal that connects partners to a marketplace of suppliers of sustainable innovations that can help tackle environmental challenges.”
Gerry Doherty, Network Homes’ executive director of customer services, added: “We aim to build on the progress already made on delivering a high-quality repair service to residents. Wates’ commitment to sustainability and providing a greener service sits well with our values as is the continuation of their offer of training, qualifications and support for those looking for employment.”
Network Homes was formed in 1974 and the charity now manages at least 20,000 homes in London, Hertfordshire and the South East.