Rixonway Kitchens, one of the UK’s leading kitchen providers specialising in social housing, has won one of its biggest ever contracts to deliver approximately 10,500 kitchens to the City and County of Swansea.
The Dewsbury-based company which employs over 500 people will manufacture and supply kitchens to council homes in Swansea over the next seven years, with work beginning in September 2015. The contract has an estimated value of £7m and will begin with an initial order of 800 kitchens that will be delivered and fitted by the end of March 2016.
The contract was awarded to Rixonway following a competitive tender which recognised the company’s strong track record in social housing as well as its competitive products, pricing and design package. As part of the successful bid, Rixonway committed to invest a percentage of the contract value into community projects that support the local area.
The contract is part of an estimated £270m of capital investment required to ensure council properties in Swansea meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard – the Welsh Government’s standard for all social housing in Wales. As well as fitting new kitchens, the programme will involve upgrades to heating systems, electrical testing and rewiring, replacing roofs and bathrooms and a number of external upgrades to properties. The council is one of the largest social landlords in Wales and owns and manages approximately 13,000 homes across Swansea. These include houses, flats, maisonettes and bungalows as well as a number of sheltered schemes.
David Anderson, Rixonway Sales and Marketing Director, said: “This contract win is a real achievement for the business and is testimony to our positive reputation in the sector and the strength of our tender submission.”
Rixonway Kitchens works with social and affordable housing providers across the UK, designing and supplying kitchens for a range of new build and refurbishment programmes.
Following a number of recent contract wins, Rixonway Kitchens will invest £1.3million into its assembly lines to increase capacity to meet demand.
This follows a £250,000 investment last year into IT systems and the new machinery will integrate successfully with the current IT systems, resulting in a more reliable production process and increasing efficiency by an estimated 20 per cent.