Birmingham City Council has appointed Equans to deliver planned and responsive repairs, maintenance and refurbishment works to more than 40,000 council-owned properties in the city, in a two-year deal worth £160m
For the last five years, Equans has been responsible for maintaining 9,000 homes across the North of the city, and this contract has been extended by a further two years. In addition, Equans has now also been awarded the contract for an extra 31,000 homes across Birmingham’s East and West quadrants.
The new contracts will continue Birmingham City Council’s – the largest social landlord in the country - successful partnership with Equans, which has already resulted in thousands of homes across the city being made warmer, safer and more energy-efficient.
Cllr Shabrana Hussain, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council, said: “As Britain’s largest social landlord, we carry out over a quarter of a million repairs every year, so I welcome this new contract with Equans and look forward to a successful partnership”.
“Keeping all our housing stock up to an acceptable standard is a big challenge, but it is essential that we provide our tenants with the best service possible, in particular ensuring that all repairs are carried out to a high standard and on time. So I look forward to working with Equans, ensuring that our housing repair service meets the needs of all our tenants, and will be monitoring its effectiveness carefully.”
Colin Macpherson, Divisional CEO for Equans UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted that the council has decided to extend our successful partnership which, thanks to our exceptional team in the region, has delivered first-rate customer service to residents across the city over the last five years.
“We recognise that the council has a big challenge in keeping its housing stock up to an acceptable standard of repair, while ensuring that many more properties across the city are made warmer, safer and more energy-efficient, and we stand ready to support them in this.”
The new two-year contract is set to go live on the 1st April. Around 300 members of staff will also be TUPE’d across to Equans as part of this process.