Council secures £7.5million housing contract

Norfolk County Services (NCS) has won a five-year contract worth £7.5m to maintain 3,500 homes owned and managed by Peddars Way Housing Association, reports the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press.
NCS hopes the contract – won in competition against other national building maintenance service providers – will pave the way for other similar successes in the future.
NCS – a company wholly owned by Norfolk County Council – agreed to take over the provision of building maintenance services for Peddars Way Housing Association in 2004 after a previous provider ran into financial difficulties.
The company has since forged a positive working relationship with Peddars Way Housing Association, which took into account the high satisfaction rating with NCS given by tenants when awarding the contract.
The new contract safeguards the future of 20 or so NCS staff based near Dereham who work to maintain homes – most of which are the former housing stock of Breckland Council. The contract covers homes located across Dereham, Swaffham, King’s Lynn and Downham Market.
Peter Hawes, managing director of NCS, said: “This is a very exciting development for NCS which already has a proud track record of successful partnerships at various locations around Norfolk and Suffolk. This contract is a major addition to our portfolio of building maintenance contracts and demonstrates our commitment to work with the social housing sector.”
Dave Manns, head of asset management at Flagship, said: “This is the first pure performance partnering contract that any of the Flagship Housing Group of Companies has let for repair and maintenance.”