Contractors awarded £26m Stevenage Homes improvement deal

12:52 07 March 2012

Anne Webb signs the deal with the new contractors.

Anne Webb signs the deal with the new contractors.

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TWO contractors have been appointed to deliver a £26m programme of improvements to a town’s social housing stock.

The deal between Stevenage Borough Council and Keepmoat and Wates includes an agreement to employ local tradespeople and provide apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.

The contractors will also be investing in projects that will benefit the neighbourhoods in which they are working, a council spokesman said.

Councillor Ann Webb, portfolio holder for housing, said: “Wates and Keepmoat are both committed to the high standards that we continue to demand for our tenants and will bring benefits to the whole of the town by providing jobs and training for local people and investment in community projects.

“I’m particularly pleased that they are both committed to working with local youngsters to create apprenticeships.”

Ian Sutcliffe, chief executive of Keepmoat said the company is delighted to have the opportunity to work in the town.

He added: “We have a strong reputation of delivering on our promises to customers. Whilst working in tenants homes we will maintain our excellent customer focus to make sure that they are satisfied with our work.”

The work which is due to start in June is part of a wider £33m investment in the town’s 8,500 social homes. It is funded by the central government Homes and Communities Agency as part of a scheme to bring all social homes up to a national standard.

By the end of the programme in 2015 the authority will have fitted 2,200 bathrooms, 3,400 kitchens and updated 2,620 heating and 1,918 electrical systems.

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  • When my neighbours house got refurb by the Council's 'locally employed' men, they were in fact Polish workers from somewhere up north! Sub-contracted by the company who had the Council contract. Open your eyes SBC, you're being mugged off!!

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    puttheworldtorights

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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