Wates Living Space was appointed by Wolverhampton Homes in a contract worth close to £115m. This 15-year contract started in April 2013 and involves the delivery of a programme of full maintenance works across Wolverhampton’s stock of approximately 7,000 homes.
Throughout the partnership, WLS has also delivered several additional external works projects such as Heath Town. This was a three-year, £9.5m project including rooftop extractor fans upgrades, fire risk assessment works, heating, electrical and shower upgrades.
The success of this project then led to the Chetton Green refurbishment, where WLS installed electrical, soil pipe and vent systems and fire compartmentation to three tower blocks; fire stopping between flats; replacement of communal fire doors and other associated works. All this was delivered on time and with an unblemished safety record. The refurbishment works also achieved a Gold award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Employment and training opportunities have been provided through the partnership, including:
- More than 200 people in Wolverhampton trained and then employed
- 2,038 training and employment weeks created for local people
- Wates employees have invested over 13,000 hours in support
- Over £700,000 worth of investment in training local people
The business was also awarded the City of Wolverhampton Community Excellence Award in 2019 for services to the Community in Wednesfield North.