Sandwell Council has launched partnership with three major construction firms that will see a £50 million package of repairs and improvements to some 6,000 during the next three years.
The trio – Lovell, VINCI Facilities and Wates Living Space – will deliver the multi-million pound internal improvements programme which will benefit thousands of council tenants and boost the trades.
Each partner will be responsible for refurbishing around 2,000 properties across the borough, which did not receive improvements under Sandwell’s previous Decent Homes programme.
The range of improvements include: improved kitchens and bathrooms, new central heating systems and electrical rewiring plus external works such as replacing roofs and windows where necessary.
As well as delivering physical improvements to people’s homes, the partnership is also investing in community-based projects that will make a real and long-lasting difference to the communities they are operating in.
This could range from visiting 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 to local people long after the improvements programme has been completed.
Councillor Ian Jones, cabinet member for jobs and economy, said: “The council has fought hard to continue investing in its council homes and given the economic climate, I am proud that we have been successful in developing a continuing programme of housing improvements after the Government withdrew our funding.
“This will see more than £50 million being spent on internal refurbishment works, such as new kitchens and bathrooms, new central heating systems and electrical rewiring where needed, to properties over the next three years. Our tenants deserve to have good quality, warm and energy efficient homes for themselves and their families.
“We are not just talking about physical and environmental improvements to people’s homes, but the improvements to the quality of people’s lives, the boost given to local communities through training and job opportunities for local people and other beneficial projects.