Council awards £35m decent homes contracts
North West Leicestershire Council has awarded its largest ever housing improvement contract to two companies in a five-year deal.
Kier and Lovell will share the £35 million contract that will deliver the decenthomes improvement programme for nearly 4,500 council homes.
Starting in October, both contractors will carry out repair and replacement work on kitchens, bathrooms and boilers as well as the central heating systems for the properties after the council was awarded decenthomes backlog funding by the Homes and Communities Agency.
‘Improving the quality of tenants’ homes to meet the decenthomes standard by 2015 is a key priority for the council,’ said Roger Bayliss, portfolio holder for housing and customer service at the council.
Noel Adams, regional director at Lovell, added: ‘Lovell has leading expertise in delivering major refurbishment programmes such as this and we look forward to working closely with residents and the council throughout the five year partnership.’
In a half-yearly report published yesterday, Lovell revealed a slight dip in both profit and turnover for the six months up to the end of June. Its forward order book stood at £1.4 billion.