Wates to begin multi-year housing repairs contract for Lambeth Borough Council | Wates

Wates Living Space, a leader in the delivery of strategic asset management solutions for local authorities and housing associations, has been appointed by Lambeth Borough Council to provide repairs and void works on the council’s new £200m borough-wide housing repairs and maintenance contract.

The contract, which begins today, will see Wates carry out responsive repairs and void refurbishments to nearly 17,000 properties in the south of the borough for an initial six-year period, with the potential for extension for a further eight years.

Alongside its work to residents’ properties, Wates will undertake an extensive programme of community investment in partnership with the council to improve social equality throughout the borough, as well as helping achieve carbon neutrality through innovative energy saving technologies across the council’s housing portfolio by 2030.

Gary Wilkinson, Regional Managing Director, Wates Living Space said:

At Wates Living Space we believe everyone deserves a great place to live and we care about the communities in which we work. We are excited to work with our partners in Lambeth to deliver quality housing and support for the long-term development of local people and businesses.

We pride ourselves on the social value that we can generate from our work. In 2020, we provided 1,500 hours of training and employment experience and £6 million of spend for local people and businesses across all our operations and we look forward to continuing this investment to benefit the communities across Lambeth.”

Cllr Maria Kay, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, added:

Through introducing more competition for council projects, our expectation is that the residents will have a better experience from our repairs service.

There will be a broad mix of expertise among the contractors, and the new pricing structure will act as an incentive for contractors to get the job right first time.

We have also secured an extra 275 social, economic and environmental commitments without increasing the contract prices. This means more employment opportunities for our residents and apprenticeships for our priority groups, as well as education, social and crime prevention projects. And it also means that we will plant an additional 2,000 trees every year.”

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