Nov 9 2012 By Jackie Grant
Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership are set to award a £25 million repairs contract to Lovell.
If the five-year deal goes ahead next month, Lovell Partnership will start repairs of 10,200 households across the region as well as refurbishing empty properties, in April.
The Standard revealed in September that 50 jobs were expected to be lost when DGHP’s kitchen and bathroom installation project came to an end.
Lovell, who took over from Connaught when that company went to the wall in 2010, confirmed that they would have to “reluctantly make redundancies.”
However, managing director Simon Medler said in a statement this week: “Lovell will continue to deliver valuable job and training opportunities for local people as part of a commitment to creating long-term community benefits. The company have committed to employ five apprentices at any one time throughout the contract with new apprentices to be taken on as existing apprentices finish their training.
“Providing a high-quality repairs service which puts tenants’ needs first has been our priority since taking over the contract and it’s very rewarding to see the success of our approach recognised by our selection as preferred bidder to deliver the repairs service on a long-term basis. We have worked very closely with DGHP and tenants to identify how the service could be improved and have then implemented the changes needed. That process is ongoing and we will build on our achievements through further improvements, ensuring tenants continue to receive a truly excellent repairs service.”
Fred Murray, DGHP’s customer services committee chair, added: “We can confirm that Lovell, our existing services provider, is the preferred bidder for our new five-year contract.”
Future improvements planned include more flexible appointment times for repairs visits and Saturday morning appointments.