Mick Williamson
Mick Williamson, Fortem's managing director.
Rebecca Wayman

Fortem bags £330m worth of repairs contracts

Fortem has secured repairs and maintenance contracts worth up to £329.9m with five housing associations across England.

The contractor’s raft of wins began in February, with the extension of its ongoing contract with PA Housing by 4,000 London homes, in a deal that runs until June 2022.

In April, it began delivering a 10-year, £6m per annum contract with Onward, along with a 10-year £3.5m to £4m per annum contract with Anchor Hanover. A further two contracts will go live this month.

These include: a 15-year deal with Stonewater, which starts at £4.2m per annum, rising to £8m by its third year; a 10-year deal with Equity Housing Group and Johnnie Johnson Housing, amounting to £2.7m in its first year; and £12m per annum for nine years.

Mick Williamson, managing director of Fortem, said: “2019 is going to be an incredible year for Fortem, in which we will see our business not only expand its geographical presence, but also strengthen its core works offering of integrated housing repairs, maintenance and planned works.

“Having been through rigorous procurement processes, which often involved resident participation and competitive dialogue, we are very pleased that the quality of our service offering has been recognised by our new partners, and we look forward to providing their customers with an improved level of service and experience.”

This business success has led to Fortem expanding into new geographical areas and providing services to residents living in an additional 34,000 homes, located up and down the country, between the Isles of Scilly in the South West and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North East.

Fortem will also be forming a new North East-based team, as well as opening business hubs in the North West and South West, each with its own dedicated workforce. Work will also be delivered via its established hubs in the South East, West Midlands and Yorkshire.

Fortem’s first six months’ success of 2019 is set to continue throughout the year and into 2020, with it recently having been awarded a place on the government’s Crown Commercial Service framework, through which it will be considered for Defence Housing Maintenance Services contracts.

Ian Watts, executive director of assets at PA Housing, where Fortem already provides repairs and maintenance services to 7,200 homes and has extended its offer to another 4,000 homes, said: “Fortem have delivered a very good service to PA Housing over the last seven years with excellent customer satisfaction.

“Expanding to cover all of our homes in London made perfect sense. The overall service and customer experience has already improved significantly over the first three months of the contract.”

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