Property maintenance specialist Novus has been appointed to a new £42 million framework for Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s housing and public building maintenance and repairs.
The framework will include external decorating, energy efficiency improvements and central heating projects, as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements, roofing, doors and windows and environmental works.
Novus has been awarded a place on eight of the framework’s 13 lots that cover the council’s 19,100 homes and public buildings.
The agreement has been formed with Unitas Stoke-on-Trent Limited and follows the local authority’s launch of a wholly-owned subsidiary company to manage its buildings’ upkeep.
Andy Woodhouse, regional operations manager for Stoke, Novus, said: “Novus takes pride in being a UK-wide contractor that still calls Stoke home after 120 years in the city. Winning a place on the council’s framework will see us continue our commitment to the city by adding to the 250 staff we already employ in the area in jobs including painting and decorating, plumbing and joinery. We welcome the council’s commitment to supporting local employers such as Novus through its procurement processes and look forward to competing for the newly-available contracts later in the year.”
Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “We’ve created three separate Unitas frameworks – labour-only, planned works and specialist work – and companies large and small have shown they are keen to be a part of it, with many saying they want to take on more workers and provide apprenticeships. We’re delighted that Novus is joining this exciting new venture.”