Kier Services has emerged against tough national competition as the preferred bidder for a major contract worth in the region of £100 million to provide the repairs and maintenance service to Sheffield City Council tenants and leaseholders for the next three years.
Kier currently holds this contract, which is due to expire next March.
The new, three-year contract covers emergency repairs and general maintenance as well as repairs to gas and electrics, heating, lifts and stair lifts, and the maintenance of un-adopted highways, footpaths and car parks.
Typically, Kier receives a quarter of a million calls to its call centre from the region’s tenants and leaseholders about repairs each year. As part of the new contract, Kier intends to make improvements in a number of areas, including better use of technology.
Councillor Harry Harpham, the council’s cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said:
“We have been through a thorough tendering process and Kier was chosen as the preferred bidder against three other major companies. We will be in a position to sign the new contract before Christmas, which should be very good news for Kier staff and their families. It would also provide welcome continuity for Council house tenants who have been used to the service provided by Kier in the last few years.”
Kier regional operations director, Phil Oades, added:
“We are delighted to be have this exciting opportunity to continue working alongside Sheffield City Council, helping to achieve the objectives and aspirations for the city, its tenants and residents.”
The next step is for the finer details of the contract to be agreed by the council and Kier over the next month and, if everything is confirmed, the new contract could be signed in mid-December.