15 August 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Barnet Council has appointed Wates Living Space in a deal which "significantly expands" the housing maintenance provider's growing presence across London.
The four-year contract will see Wates deliver London-based housing maintenance works for 98 public buildings across the borough, including libraries, leisure centres, offices and care facilities.
Wates will deliver both planned maintenance and a reactive and ad hoc repairs service as part of the contract.
The work in Barnet adds to Wates' footprint in London, where the maintenance provider is already working on projects for Camden and Hackney councils.
Wates has also pledged to provide a range of training and employment opportunities for local people.
In addition, Wates is in the process of formalising its local supply chain to help fulfil the contract.
David Morgan, managing director of Wates Living Space, said the appointment reflected how it was "adept at providing repairs and upkeep to vital public buildings" and he added that the firm would "create a number of employment and training opportunities for local people, ensuring the contract leaves a skills legacy as well as one for local civic facilities".