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New contracts could see up to £1bn spend

Published: Tue, 5 Jul 2016
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Chief Executive Clark Bailie (centre right) with contractors and Housing Executive Directors Paul Isherwood & Gerry Flynn.
The Housing Executive has announced details of its new repairs contracts for its 87,000 homes across Northern Ireland.
The contracts could potentially see expenditure of up to £1bn over a maximum 10 year period and could see up to 900 jobs created and secured.
The four contractors are Carillion Energy Services Ltd, Combined Facilities Management (CFM) Ltd, CTS Projects Ltd and H&A Mechanical Services Ltd.
The new contracts will begin this summer and will allow for more flexibility when scheduling repairs, an emphasis on first time repairs and wider use of mobile working to keep customers informed of appointments.
Local communities will also benefit with many apprenticeships created across a range of trades for young people. A number of social housing enterprises will also be created as a result of the initiative.
Our Chief Executive, Clark Bailie, said:
“We are delighted to announce these new contracts as a real opportunity to provide tenants with high quality repairs service. Alongside the organisation’s planned maintenance programme, the repairs service will see a substantial investment in the local economy and provides long term assurance of job security and training opportunities for four local contracts.
“Over the past year, we have reviewed contracts, to determine how best a modern and efficient service should be delivered. We have taken into account experiences of contractors, best practice elsewhere and the views of customers.
“Given the potential value of this contract could be £1billion over a ten-year period, the organisation is also eager to ensure that social value is realised through these contracts and that the local communities we work with benefit from this.  It is a requirement for each contract lot area to establish a social housing orientated social enterprise.”
Carillion Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded these two important contracts, which build on the strong relationship we have with the Housing Executive for whom we have provided services for many years.  We look forward to supporting the Housing Executive in achieving its objectives for providing an excellent service to its tenants.”
Contracts Director of Combined Facilities Management (CFM) Ltd, Joe Keenan, said
“CFM has been delivering Integrated Building Services and Maintenance contracts to the Housing Executive since 1979, and we are delighted to have been awarded these two 10-year contracts which will see this relationship continue, whilst also evolving and continuously improving the service delivery of Social Housing Maintenance.
“These contracts will see the opening of our fourth operations and office base in the North West to assist with the delivery of planned and reactive maintenance to 26,900 properties throughout all six counties of Northern Ireland and will provide secure employment for staff along with dozens of apprenticeships across all trades.”
Managing Director of CTS Projects, Connaire McGreevy, said:
“We are delighted to have been appointed as one of the four contractors for housing repairs, which is testament to the high quality and competitiveness of our offering.
"This is a hugely significant development for CTS Projects. I conservatively estimate that we will take on an additional 70 employees, doubling our employee numbers to 140. We’ll be delivering a total building maintenance package which means the roles will be many and varied, including joiners, bricklayers, quantity surveyors and contract managers.
“We will also offer an increased number of apprenticeships, which is good news in terms of youth employability and key to ensuring we have the necessary skill sets to support our business expansion,” he added.
Hugh McWilliams, Chief Executive of H&A Mechanical Services , said:
H&A are delighted to have been awarded the contract and look forward to working in partnership with the Housing Executive over the term of the contract. H&A has a long history of working with the Housing Executive and has been successfully delivering contracts of a similar nature for over twenty years.
“The award of this contract allows H&A to sustain its already in place workforce of 300 but more importantly it will lead to some 70 new jobs over the contract term. It will also allow H&A to continue to invest in its apprenticeship programme over the coming years. We envisage that 30 new apprenticeships will be created.  
“To help in the smooth running of this contract, we have invested over £200k in our IT support structures, allowing live time updates via hand held devices from site and bringing real benefits to our clients, their tenants and our business.”