Wates Living Space has bolstered its housing maintenance framework presence across the UK with its position as framework supply partner to public sector procurement body, Fusion21.
The appointment has seen Wates Living Space join a host of suppliers on Fusion21’s Reactive Repairs and Maintenance Framework.
Set to run for four years, the new framework is designed to provide a flexible and efficient procurement solution for housing associations and local authorities’ reactive works and services.
Through its position on the framework, Wates Living Space will have the opportunity to work with Fusion21 members on a variety of projects whilst generating social value.
The business has also pledged to engage social enterprises through its work with Fusion21, forming a significant part of Wates’ group-wide commitment to spend £20m with the SE sector by 2020.
David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Living Space, commented:
“Our appointment to Fusion21’s Reactive Repairs and Maintenance Framework is a huge testament to our shared vision to provide exceptional repairs and maintenance services for public sector clients across the UK. Investment in housing repairs and maintenance is an invaluable opportunity to positively impact local communities and we are committed to delivering this in close collaboration with Fusion21.
Peter Francis, Director of Operations at Fusion21 said: “Offering a comprehensive range of services from out-of-hours reactive emergency repairs, major void improvements to call handling services on a 24/7or out-of-hours basis, this framework will bring a modern, dynamic solution for procuring responsive repairs and void arrangements.
“Fusion21 members will benefit from greater cost efficiencies in addition to being able to call off separate lots for contract spend below and over £1m per year.”
Fusion21’s Reactive Repairs and Maintenance Framework was launched alongside its Empty Buildings Refurbishment Framework, collective valued at approximately £290m.
Fusion21 is a social enterprise which promotes public procurement as a means to achieve value for money and cost certainty whilst also creating social value outcomes for its members. Every pound invested in Fusion21 Frameworks makes a positive contribution to delivering social value in local communities.
Fusion21 provides procurement services and OJEU compliant frameworks to the public sector. To date, the social enterprise has saved its members more than £197m through the procurement process, created more than 5,000 jobs and generated £76m of social value.