Kier fought off stiff competition from national competitors to scoop the three-year contract to provide the repairs and maintenance service to Sheffield City Council tenants and around 2,200 leaseholders.
The contract is currently delivered by Kier Sheffield LLP, a joint venture formed in 2003 between Sheffield City Council and Kier, but it is due to expire at the end of March.
The new contract with Kier Services covers emergency repairs and general maintenance as well as repairs to gas and electrics, heating, lifts and stair lifts to council housing as well as the maintenance of un-adopted highways, footpaths and car parks.
Although a short term contract, the new arrangement is based on a partnership to support the council’s longer term aim to transfer the service into a wider integrated housing management service.
Councillor Harry Harpham, the council’s cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said:
“We went through a thorough tendering process and Kier was chosen as the preferred bidder against three other major companies. This will provide welcome continuity for Council house tenants who have been used to the service provided by Kier in the last few years. This will also retain much-needed local employment and new training opportunities for young people in the city.”
Kier Regional operations director, Phil Oades, added:
“We are delighted to continue working alongside Sheffield City Council. Our intention is to combine the best skills, practices and innovations from our 11-year partnership and develop a fresh, more efficient service with greater benefits for tenants and the wider communities.”
The three-year contract, has an option to extend this term by a further two years.