Housing association awards multi-million pound contract

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A housing association has awarded a new repairs and maintenance contract which is worth up to £56m over the next 10 years.

Northamptonshire-based Spire Homes, which owns and manages 4,500 properties, has awarded the contract to Apollo which is part of Keepmoat.

The work will include day to day responsive repairs, emergency out of hours repairs, voids and planned works worth £5.6m a year.

The new contract extends the existing repairs and maintenance works that has already been undertaken by Apollo.

Apollo has been working with Spire Homes, part of the Longhurst Group, for a number of years delivering its decent homes programme and aids and adaptations.

The contract, which is potentially a 10-year partnership, will see improvements made to properties across East Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Spire Homes head of property services Mark Rogers said: “We are pleased to be working with Apollo on our housing repairs in both Northamptonshire and Rutland. They always provide a great service and following feedback from our tenants we have introduced some really useful changes, like longer opening hours and appointment slots. We hope our tenants enjoy having Apollo on board.”

Partnering manager, Caroline Hogg of Keepmoat, added: “We are delighted to secure this contract with Spire Homes. We have formed an excellent working relationship with the organisation over the past three years and this contract demonstrates our commitment to provide community investment and an excellent service to all tenants.”

The new partnership contract started earlier this month.