News Ashfield Homes Appoints J Tomlinson £30m Council House Improvement Programme

A contractor has been appointed to carry out a £30 million improvement programme to council housing stock in a Nottinghamshire borough over the next five years.

Ashfield Borough Council and its ALMO, Ashfield Homes, have announced the appointment of Nottingham-based J Tomlinson to carry out the works to about 9,600 properties across the borough.

This will include replacement kitchens, bathrooms, central heating systems, electrical installations, roof coverings, windows and external doors. There is also scope to undertake other improvement works to benefit tenants’ homes and their surroundings, including carbon and environmental efficiency saving measures.

“This contract is a great opportunity to continue enhancing our tenant’s living conditions, maintain the high standard of accommodation we offer, and ensure that our present and future customers enjoy the benefits of good quality housing for years to come,” said Paul Bingham, Ashfield Homes’ director of asset management.

Councillor Keir Morrison, the council’s portfolio holder for housing and asset, added: “I’m delighted J Tomlinson contractors are working in partnership with Ashfield District Council and Ashfield Homes in providing the best possible standard of housing we can. J Tomlinson recruit local labour and have a comprehensive apprenticeship scheme, they also pay the Living Wage rate to their employees.”

Steve Kirkland, J Tomlinson’s managing director, said: “This is the largest single contract we have ever been awarded and will lead to the creation of up to 40 new jobs in the local area, and will provide work for at least 12 apprentices over the next five years.

“We have worked on refurbishment, maintenance and repairs contracts for Ashfield Homes for more than ten years now, and we are genuinely excited about the prospect of further strengthening our close working partnership with Ashfield Homes.

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“It is our intention to open a new base in the area to service this new contract, and we have also devised a programme of community involvement in association with Ashfield Homes, which will include offering apprenticeship and work experience opportunities, mentoring support, employment and training events, as well as school activities.“

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