Liberty retains two local authority heating contracts worth over £21.6m

Liberty retains two local authority heating contracts worth over £21.6m

National property services business Liberty has retained two valuable heating contracts with Exeter City Council and Leeds City Council, worth more than £21.6m in total.

In Leeds, the £4m per annum contract with the council sees Liberty being retained for an initial period of four years, starting in April of 2024 with the possibility of four one-year extensions.

The contract will see Liberty deliver gas servicing and repairs as well as fitting new boilers to over 16,000 homes.

Liberty commits to giving back to the local community through the contract by:

  • Hosting two mental health awareness and crime reduction sessions annually
  • Donations to community projects at the start of each contract year
  • Liberty staff will dedicate 392 hours per year to volunteering
  • Host CV/mock interview sessions quarterly
  • All materials will be sourced in Leeds to support the local economy, and Liberty will hold four “Meet the Buyer” events for local suppliers

Over in Devon, the three-year contract with Exeter City Council, which recently kicked off is valued at £1.4m annually and covers gas safety services for over 4,000 homes.

The contract will also see Liberty provide:

  • Two apprenticeship positions
  • 90 volunteer hours from its team
  • Active engagement at local tenant events
  • Four work experience and mentorship programmes each year, in collaboration with Exeter College
  • Additionally, Liberty will provide five free decarbonisation surveys, complete with monitoring kit installations, and the provision of five retrofit plans and decarbonisation reports

Ray Jones, Group Managing Director of Liberty said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnerships with both Exeter City Council and Leeds City Council and remain committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of those communities through the provision of high-quality gas services.

“We look forward to providing employment opportunities, apprenticeships, work experience and volunteering initiatives, further strengthening our ties in both communities and helping to make a positive impact.”

Gerard Tinsdale, Chief Officer of Housing at Leeds City Council commented: “We are delighted to continue working with Liberty on our gas servicing and maintenance contract. Gas compliance is always one of key drivers for keeping our customers safe and the additional social value commitments made by Liberty will be of great benefit to the communities involved.”

Liberty offers the full range of property services, and its teams are experts in reactive and planned maintenance across all technical disciplines, refurbishments, mechanical and electrical projects, construction, and whole-home decarbonisation.

Header image: Liberty Gas Engineer with a customer 

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