The first appointment has seen Wates commence planned maintenance works at Warewell Close in Walsall, including designing and installing external wall insulation, replacing windows and doors and undertaking structural repairs to two, five storey blocks in a conservation area in the town centre.
Wates will also work with whg to deliver these services across a series of low-rise blocks in Walsall, as part of a second planned maintenance programme to improve 187 homes.
Both contracts will allow Wates to create further training and employment opportunities across the West Midlands. The social housing maintenance provider has already shown its commitment to supporting people into work by hosting with whg two employability workshops, offering insight into the construction industry as well as advice on CV writing and interview techniques. This initiative has resulted in two work experience students joining the project team in Walsall.
Elsewhere in the West Midlands, Wates is delivering one of the largest social housing maintenance contracts in Europe for Birmingham City Council. Valued at £45m, the contract has already generated a local supply chain spend of £7.8m.
Wates is also responsible for delivering housing improvement works across over 4,200 properties for Tamworth Borough Council.
David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Living Space, said:
“These appointments reflect the excellent working relationship we’ve developed with whg and signal our continued growth in the West Midlands.
We are committed to ensuring that our work within these communities continues to provide a boost for the local economy and has a meaningful and lasting impact, from targeting a local supply chain to helping jobseekers secure employment.”
Paul Dockerill, whg’s Director of Energy and Programme Management, commented:
“As a leading Midlands landlord, whg is committed to improving the lives of our customers.
We have enjoyed a sustainable partnership with Wates for almost 14 years, creating a positive effect on the local economy and creating great homes for our customers.
Their commitment and passion for local communities is a great benchmark for other contractors to follow.”