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Mitie, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has been awarded a property management contract with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to manage its Better Homes programme, an initiative to bring all Council owned housing up to the ‘better homes’ standard.
The contract is worth up to £7m in the first year, extendable by performance by a further year with a total value of £15m.
Mitie will work with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to deliver planned work for kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring, heating systems, roofing and window replacement.
Work undertaken will also include concrete repairs and external and internal decorations.
Mitie has already begun surveying external blocks in the Surbiton and Tolworth areas, and will extend to the rest of the borough over the course of the year.
Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, chief executive of Mitie, said:
“Cost certainty, consolidation and efficiencies are becoming increasingly important as budgets are tightened and standards become higher. We’re delighted that the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has chosen to partner with Mitie to deliver leading, innovative services to residents, ensuring they get the right level of service in their homes.”
The ‘better homes’ standard exceeds the government’s minimum standard for housing (the ‘decent homes’ standard). For tenants, this means warmer, better insulated homes in a reasonable state of repair with more modern facilities.
The Better Homes programme started in 2012 and will be completed in 2017. When finished, all Kingston Council-owned homes will meet the ‘better homes’ standard and exceed the government’s ‘decent homes’ standard.