Rotherham Council has appointed Mears and ENGIE to provide repairs and maintenance services across the borough’s 20,000 council properties commencing on 1 April 2020.
Housing and social care provider, Mears will continue as the main contractor delivering services in the north of the borough, as it has for the past nine and half years. ENGIE has been appointed as the main contractor in the south of the borough, which is currently held by Fortem. Both contractors will provide repairs, make empty properties ready to be re-let, caretaking services and making adaptations to homes when required.
Mears will deliver some borough-wide planned work, capital improvement schemes, structural works and repairs to fire damaged properties. ENGIE will carry out gas, electrical and mechanical maintenance work and some capital improvement schemes across the borough.
The contracts will initially run for five years with the option to extend for a further five years. Formal tenders were submitted by five contractors in June and assessed on the basis of 70 per cent quality, 30 per cent price.
Councillor Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing at Rotherham Council, said: “The repairs and maintenance delivery providers we appoint are extremely important and I am confident we have recruited two excellent partners with strong track records.
“We are delighted to award the Council housing repairs and maintenance contracts to two companies that have shown they have the highest standards of service delivery which in turn will mean our tenants enjoy high quality accommodation. Another key factor in the tender process was that the successful companies must demonstrate how they will add social value to the community.
“We want to work with companies that give back to the communities that they work in, who promote a borough where people can grow, flourish and prosper, and strengthen the skills of the local workforce and support people into jobs.”
Mears already has a strong presence in the town and has redeveloped three floors of space at New York Stadium to create a new home for Rotherham United Community Sports Trust which engages local people through sport. The stadium also houses the Mears Academy, which as well as offering training to colleagues, can also support the Council in delivering tenant workshops so that tenants can understand how to effectively use their heating systems and do basic repairs.
ENGIE will create up to 100 apprenticeships for local people as well as 40 new jobs and 96 work experience placements for young people together with engagement opportunities with schools, colleges and universities.
Staff working on the current Fortem contract will be transferred under TUPE arrangements to ENGIE.