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FM Services in the Social Housing Sector

Caerphilly County Borough Council has revealed its plans to get contractors working in partnership to transform around 10,000 homes in an investment programme worth £200million that will also leave a legacy for the community.

The scheme is part of a commitment from Caerphilly County Borough Council to continue upgrading its social housing to meet Welsh Quality Housing Standards (equivalent to Decent Homes in England) in line with the Welsh Government’s strategy to provide quality, energy efficient homes for the people of Wales.

A core element of the work is building community value into the contract and contractors are expected to form contacts with schools, local voluntary groups and SMEs to link the overall refurbishment works with a regeneration of the area and community based projects that will make a difference to the people of Caerphilly. This could range from going into schools to talk about site health and safety issues and investing in the local economy through tangible training and employment opportunities to working with their local supply chains to support community facilities that will continue to deliver benefits for local people after the improvements programme has been completed.

The overall scheme is a significant project for Caerphilly County Borough Council. Analysis of current housing stock indicates that there are just over 4,000 homes that require renewal of all key internal components - kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring and heating, just over 9,500 homes that require a new kitchen and around 8,500 homes that require a new bathroom.

Cllr Gerald Jones, Deputy Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Our WHQS programme is a major scheme with a commitment to transforming homes, lives and communities, with properties across the borough are set to benefit from significant investment.”

 

FM in the social housing sector

One of the contractors involved in the project is Vinci Facilities which has been awarded about £6million of work over six years. MD, Tony Raikes said: “The refurbishment of homes in Caerphilly county borough would never succeed if service providers failed to support the wider regeneration strategy.  We welcome the opportunity to play our part in creating better homes and communities wherever we are working.”

Vinci Facilities’ teams will be refurbishing kitchens and bathrooms and providing new wiring and heating for homes across the borough in the Upper Rhymney Valley area of Caerphilly in a £15million deal over a six year contract period.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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