Repairs and maintenance

The latest from the social housing contracting sector, with news and views on planned maintenance, decent homes work, responsive repairs, tenders, deals, frameworks, and health and safety.

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Councillors to vote on £9.2m solar project

19/09/2014 1:17 pm

The cabinet for a West Yorkshire council will be asked to approve a £9.2m solar project next week.

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70% of households would ban landlords from renting inefficient homes

19/09/2014 9:02 am

A total of seven in ten UK households say landlords should be barred from renting out homes unless they improve their energy efficiency levels, according to research.

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Government renewable heat scheme fails to attract social landlords

18/09/2014 3:48 pm

Only 3% of renewable heat measures installed under a government scheme are in social homes, according to government figures released today.

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United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

18/09/2014 2:05 pm

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.


Contractor boosts turnover by £1bn following acquisition

18/09/2014 11:42 am

Kier Group has announced a £1bn increase in turnover following its acquisition of May Gurney, but has also seen a small fall in profits once exceptional items are removed.

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Salford tenants could vote on transfer

15/09/2014 4:51 pm

Council tenants in Salford will find out next week if they will be able to vote to transfer ownership of their homes to a co-operative to release £75m of investment.

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Southwark Council owned block damaged by fire

Lakanal House to be brought back into use

15/09/2014 1:40 pm

Plans to refurbish the south London tower block where six tenants died in a devastating fire five years ago have been outlined.

More repairs and maintenance news


Coming of age?


Landlords have had 10 years to get used to being subject to EU procurement regulations but some still don’t get they could use them to their advantage, argues Rebecca Rees

Theresa Mohammed, Trowers

Put bad practice behind you


Social landlords don’t know whether contractors are requesting payment for the right amounts, warns Theresa Mohammed

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Going green or going backwards


The government’s haphazard announcements on sustainability just before recess have left social landlords with a lot of questions

Packing cases

What's on in the housing sector this week - 21 - 25 July


A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 21 to 25 of July.

Chief executive, Ducane Housing Association

Happier by design


Why should we put up with pedestrian-looking homes?

Jeremy Kape

Removing the eco shackles


The social housing sector needs a different approach to financing retrofitting than the current government policy, says Jeremy Kape

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Lessons from lifting people out of fuel poverty


As a preview of his Chartered Institute of Housing conference event, Nigel Banks discusses tackling the nine million households in fuel poverty with lessons he’s learned.

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Fool’s gold


Some existing residents won’t reap the benefits of Hackney’s Woodberry Down scheme

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