A fleet of 193 vans have been dispatched across Birmingham as part of an enormous drive to deliver maintenance and repairs to 31,000 properties in the city.
This follows the appointment of Wates Living Space Maintenance at the end of last year to look after repairs and maintenance services over the next four years alongside Willmott Dixon and Keepmoat.
Wates Living Space Maintenance’s fleet of engineers and vans plan to carry out over 90,000 repairs each year, and regenerate 2,300 vacant properties back to a suitable living standard to help meet housing demand.
By working together, Wates Living Space Maintenance, Keepmoat and Willmott Dixon are expected to save Birmingham City Council around £13m over the four year period of their contract.
Wates Living Space Maintenance have promised that they will bring opportunities to the people of Birmingham, saying that the sheer scale of the work to be undertaken will simultaneously create a wealth of apprenticeship and employment opportunities for the local community.
Business Director at Wates Living Space Maintenance, Stewart Reid commented “The mobilisation of the Wates Living Space Maintenance team brings to fruition a period of efficient logistical management to ensure that maximum benefit is felt by the city from day one.
“Wates Living Space Maintenance’s long-standing relationship with Birmingham City Council has been fundamental to this process, the result of which will be an enhanced service that is set to significantly improve the quality of life for tenants.
“The commencement of this important repairs and maintenance work also marks the beginning of a huge investment programme by Wates Living Space Maintenance to recruit and train Birmingham’s next generation workforce.”
Maintenance and repair work: facts and figures
- tenants living in the north of the city supported by Keepmoat (approx. 8,865 properties)
- tenants living in west central and east Birmingham supported by Wates Living Space Maintenance (approx. 31,027 properties)
- tenants living in the south of the city supported by Willmott Dixon (approx. 23,429 properties)
- 193 service vehicles, stocked with 11,000 trade tools
- 266 housing repairs and maintenance operatives deployed
- 31,000 homes across the city to be serviced by Wates Living Space Maintenance
- 90,000 housing repairs to be carried out per year by Wates Living Space Maintenance