Barnsley Council’s Property Repairs and Improvement Partnership (PRIP) has, for the last ten years, been delivered jointly by Berneslai Homes Construction Services in two thirds of the borough and Kier in one third of the borough. The contract with Kier will end on Tuesday 31 March, and a new contract has been awarded to Wates Living Space from Wednesday 1 April. Berneslai Homes (Construction Services) remain a key part of the PRIP and will continue to deliver services to tenants as before.
Barnsley Council has undertaken a procurement exercise to select a contractor able to offer both social and financial value. Wates Living Space has been selected as the preferred contractor and will bring the following benefits to Barnsley:
- Materials and sub-contractors will be kept within Barnsley, so money is spent locally
- Social value activities, like workshops for residents
- Apprenticeships and training opportunities
- Innovation in energy efficiency
- Skills will be shared between Berneslai Homes (Construction Services) and Wates
Cllr Robert Frost, Cabinet Support Member for Regeneration and Culture, said: “We’d like to thank Kier for their work and dedication over the last ten years. Going forward, we’re excited to work with Wates Living Space and see what benefits they can bring to Barnsley.
“I’d like to remind residents that there will be very minimal change and disruption in the service you receive. The repairs residents receive will be of the same quality and standard as before.”
Wates Living Space will deliver responsive repairs and planned maintenance, gas servicing and electrical works across homes in Barnsley, in addition to works to refurbish void properties in the borough.
David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Property Services, commented: “We’re very pleased to secure this contract with a new customer, and to be expanding the geographical presence of Wates Living Space. We have an excellent team in place in Barnsley, which will bring our trademark expertise in responsive and planned maintenance to the borough. Above all things, we look forward to building strong relationships with local residents to deliver these vital services efficiently while causing minimal disruption.”
The appointment marks Wates Living Space’s growth in the local authorities repairs and maintenance sector, following the business’ recent appointment to carry out repairs across homes in West Lancashire.
Residents can still report repairs in the same way, by calling the Repairs Hotline on 01226 787878, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or for non-emergency repairs download the Berneslai Homes app.
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
This theme doesn’t just link to the town centre regeneration; it covers all the things we do to provide vibrant towns across the borough. As well as building new infrastructure, leisure and cultural facilities, it also includes the maintenance of what we already have.