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Willmott Dixon wins £147m maintenance contract

Willmott Dixon Partnerships has been appointed to a £147 million contract with Home Group to provide repair and maintenance services to nearly 17,000 homes.

The seven-year deal – with a two year extension option – covers a range of services including responsive repairs and voids maintenance, planned works and gas inspections.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships will be responsible for the Housing association’s properties in the Midlands and North-west.

The North West contract starts in Spring 2012 and will see Willmott Dixon maintain 9,700 homes primarily across Cumbria and the Lake District at a value of £14m per year.

The Central region also starts in Spring 2012 and covers 7,000 properties from North Yorkshire to Milton Keynes at £7m per year. 

Willmott Dixon Partnerships managing director Mick Williamson said: “We are delighted to be given this opportunity to work with Home and achieve the unique Willmott Dixon approach outlined in our ‘Transformational Change’ paper published this year.

“This focuses on how an outsourced company can deliver a real step change in service as well as creating major legacy benefits through skills training, apprenticeship investment and community involvement.”

Home Group’s director of customer service property Jim Preston said: “We are delighted that Willmott Dixon has won these contracts as part of our wider national procurement of new contractors across the country. We were very impressed with their innovative thoughts and ideas.

“We already have a close partnership with the company who are currently working with us to deliver some of our new build projects.

“We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon on this new and challenging project which will bring new and improved benefits to all of our customers.”

The contract is the largest signed by Willmott Dixon this year and the largest single repair and maintenance contract ever won by the firm.

It means the company is now responsible for over 150,000 homes, including 60,000 for Birmingham City Council over two seperate contracts in the north and south of the city.

It follows an announcement yesterday regarding £24m worth of health contracts won under the ProCure21+ framework by the company.

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