Social housing maintenance provider, Wates Living Space, has been appointed by Sheffield City Council to deliver a £2.7m contract to install new external wall insulation to homes throughout the city.
Set to be carried out across 174 detached, semi-detached and terraced properties, bungalows and townhouses, the insulation programme will also comprise additional refurbishment works including roofing, structural strengthening and painting.
The new work package is the fourth appointment for Wates Living Space in Sheffield since 2016, the first of which has seen Wates fit 2,500 doors and 9,300 windows to 1,800 homes across the city on behalf of the council.
Wates is also currently carrying out the council’s three-year £5m programme to adapt approximately 600 public and private homes to improve safety and accessibility for elderly and disabled individuals. The business is also delivering a three-year £10.3m programme of electrical upgrades to approximately 11,250 public homes to bring them in-line with current regulations.
Throughout its work across the city Wates Living Space has made a pledge to boost training and employment opportunities for local people. As part of its new contract, this will include work experience for those aged over 16 years and eight educational activities with local schools. The programme will also support three apprentices as part of Wates’ commitment to train the industry’s future workforce.
David Morgan, Managing Director, Wates Living Space, commented: “The exceptional standard to which we have carried out our work on behalf of Sheffield City Council to date is all thanks to the fantastic teams we have working across the city. Our appointment to deliver these important insulation works is testament not only to the quality of our work for residents but also our efficiency and the due care and attention that underpins everything we do. It is this, along with our commitment to investing in local training and employment, that really sets us apart in the industry.”
Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “We’re very pleased to see this work being carried out as we know how much warm, well insulated homes improve the health and wellbeing of the people who live in them. It will mean that the cost of running these homes will be less too due to their increased energy efficiency which will be an added benefit.”
The work to upgrade external wall insulation will commence in September this year, with completion expected by Autumn 2019.