Council homes acrossNuneatonand Bedworth are to be renovated over the next three years under a new partnering agreement awarded to Apollo Group. The contract comprises kitchen and bathroom refurbishment works and partial or full electrical rewiring of domestic dwellings in order to bring them up to the Decent Homes standard. This year, the re-procurement was awarded to Apollo Group for the next three years following a series of rigorous assessments by a panel of officers.
Yvonne Davis, Performance Monitoring & Development Officer for Nuneaton and Bedworth Council, said: “Our previous Partnering contractor, Bullock Construction worked with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) for five years and was responsible for the installation of new kitchens and bathrooms, along with rewiring. Under the scheme, kitchens and bathrooms have been completely refurbished; this has included stripping the rooms, plastering, flooring and decoration. In addition, disabled walk-in showers were installed after tenants were assessed for their needs. Bullock Construction Limited delivered an excellent service to our tenants, members of the general public and the Borough Council.”
All proposed refurbishment work is generated from condition surveys carried out by Michael Dyson Associates and the results formulate a programme of works.
The Decent Homes standard was introduced in 2000 when the Government made a commitment to improve the quality of council housing. In order for homes to meet the Decent Homes standard, homes must: be in a good state of repair, particularly with regards to the roof and walls; have a kitchen not more than 20 years old that provides adequate storage and layout; have a bathroom not more than 30 years old; be free from damp, and have effective insulation and heating.
Various environmental works have comprised works to various sites throughout the borough, including: security fencing, redesigned flat block gardens and car parking. In addition, fire alarms and PVC-U fire doors have also been fitted after consultation with the Warwickshire Fire Service.
Bedworth Heating and Plumbing have been the gas central installation contractor, and have installed A-rated energy efficient boilers, radiators and associated pipe-work. The energy performance of the developments has been improved by meeting the Standard Assessment Procedure ‘SAP Rating’, with a target of 70.
Hi-Vision Systems Ltd
Specialising in the supply, installation and maintenance of satellite TV systems, CCTV and door access systems and solar panels, Coventry-based Hi-Vision Systems Ltd have carried out aerial repair services for Nuneaton and Bedworth Council for many years and recently secured a new contract for aerial maintenance and repair for the council’s entire housing stock.
Hi-vision commenced trading in 1972 as Hi-vision Aerial Company, with main activities in the domestic aerial market. During the next 15 years the company grew to take in other areas of works such as communal aerial systems, intruder alarms and CCTV.
In 1987 Hi-Vision secured the maintenance contract for communal TV systems for Coventry City Council, shortly followed by Birmingham City Council. The contract for Coventry (Now West Mercia Group) has been successfully won every three years to date.
A family run business, Hi-Vision Systems Ltd is approved and registered with Construction Line, and has been a Member of the Confederation of Aerial Industries since 1983.
Client satisfaction is of paramount importance to the company and clients can be assured that given the opportunity, Hi-Vision Systems Ltd will treat its clients with respect, care and consideration.