News Kier Appointed £7m Wakefield And District Housing Job

Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) has chosen Kier as its strategic partner to refurbish more than 600 properties in the next year, in a programme of works worth up to £7m.

WDH has already improved more than 29,000 properties across the district to the ‘Wakefield Standard’, which is higher than the Government’s Decent Homes Standard, since 2005.

WDH’s remaining properties will be improved before the end of 2012.

Richard Parkin, WDH’s director of regeneration, said: “We are committed to providing homes that our tenants can be proud of, and over the last seven years we have had a positive impact on the lives of so many people across the district.

“Kier has an excellent reputation, and as our improvement programme continues I am sure they will provide the best possible service for our tenants.”

Kier has already begun working in the district, and last week they completed a pilot scheme in Newstead Crescent, Fitzwilliam. The work includes many improvements such as fitting new external doors and windows, kitchens, new bathrooms and new roofs.

In addition, Kier has installed a new kitchen at a local community centre near to Newstead Crescent. This will provide valuable respite facilities for tenants, who can visit the centre while their homes are being improved.

Kier regional operations director for maintenance, Phil Oades, said: “We are looking forward to working with WDH to help enhance and improve its housing stock and the standard of living for residents. We will be working closely with the local community and local suppliers on various corporate social responsibility initiatives and are committed to delivering the best value service for local people over the coming months. The planned works should prove invaluable in improving the homes of hundreds of families from across the district.”

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WDH’s strategic partnership also includes constructors Keepmoat and Bullock.

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