Housing contracts save council £28m

Contracts come with 400 job, training and apprenticeship opportunities.

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Two new long-term contractors have been backed to deliver all major refurbishment works across Westminster City Council’s housing.

CityWest Homes, who manage 21,000 properties on behalf of the council, has appointed Axis Europe in the north of the borough and United Living in the south to deliver all planned refurbishment works over the next 10 years.

Both are set to provide 400 job opportunities for Westminster residents over the next 10 years, as well as training and apprenticeship opportunities.

Procuring the contracts for a 10-year period will also deliver savings of £28m through cutting procurement costs, as contractors were previously procured on a project by project basis.

The savings will be passed onto leaseholders and the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) enabling the council to provide more affordable homes as well as channelling further investment into existing stock.

Cllr Robathan, cabinet member for housing said: “As well as continuing to build new affordable homes across Westminster, it is really important that we look after our existing properties and the families who call them home”.

“Not only will these contracts ensure that Westminster’s housing is maintained to the highest possible standard, but they will also offer employment opportunities for our residents allowing them to make the best of their lives in the centre of London.”

The new contractors will start to deliver major works across Westminster from December 2017 until 2027.