Council approves contract extension for housing repairs

By on 04/07/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council's Homes and Neighbourhoods directorate has negotiated two major contracts with construction and building giants Willmott Dixon Partnerships ltd and Mears Group plc to continue to carry out repairs and maintenance work for the north side of the city. 

The continuation of these contracts has helped the council to make savings by negotiating better rates, saving £6.3 million for the three year extension period.  The repairs and maintenance contracts will run from October 2012 until September 2015.

Both contracts will see companies given the mandate of repairing council tenant's properties by providing an excellent service with no slip in service standards.  The contractors will cover 40,000 homes ranging from high rise flats, traditional built houses and sheltered housing schemes. 

Elaine Elkington, Strategic Director for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “The City’s tenant representatives voted overwhelmingly to retain both contract partners to continue providing their service, and have insisted on improved performance throughout the term of the contract.

“We have worked hard to secure the best deal possible that delivers value for money, as well as a responsive, tenant orientated service.  I am very pleased with the contract extension and look forward to building on our successful partnership even further.”

Further savings of £1.1m will be reached by reducing support services and overheads as well as the duplication of resources.  The council will work in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Partnerships ltd and Mears Group plc to ensure challenging targets are achieved.

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