Continuing to build on partnership work

Kier North Tyneside are celebrating their fourth anniversary with North Tyneside Council.
Kier North Tyneside are celebrating their fourth anniversary with North Tyneside Council.
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A partnership set up to improve the borough’s council housing is celebrating its fourth anniversary.

Kier North Tyneside was established in September 2009 to improve the repairs and maintenance service to more than 16,000 local social housing properties and 380 public buildings run by North Tyneside Council.

The ten-year project, valued at £600m, has also had the added benefit of creating job opportunities and 120 apprenticeships.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Kier was brought in to help the council to deliver better services to our residents.

“The joint venture provides us with essential additional capacity where we need it most.

“There are also wider benefits to our community, for example through its commitment to apprenticeships and support for events and local charities.”

In the four years, Kier North Tyneside has carried out nearly 230,000 repairs and fitted nearly 30,000 new windows, 3,300 new bathrooms and 5,000 doors.

Kier regional director Mike Furze said: “The partnership makes the service customers receive its top priority.

“Since the formation we have made significant progress towards achieving our goal or providing an unparalleled repairs, construction and maintenance service.

“We are also hugely committed to playing a part in the regeneration of the borough and to providing employment and training opportunities for local people.”

The joint venture company employs 400 staff. For more information about Kier North Tyneside visit www.kier.co.uk