Osborne in Double Maintenance Work Win
Osborne Property Services has won two planned maintenance contracts in London and Guildford.
The first is for three years with Guildford Borough Council and will see Osborne replacing the kitchens and bathrooms in 400 properties. The second is with YHA (England and Wales) to upgrade two of its flagship properties in central London, with work beginning this month.
Darren Kilby, Operations Director at Osborne Property Services, said: “Osborne has a proud track record of delivering excellent property maintenance for communities across London and the South East and so we are very pleased this has been recognised by Guildford Borough Council. We are relishing the task of improving these homes by 2018.”
Commenting on the work to upgrade bathroom facilities at YHAs in Earl’s Court and St Pancras Youth Hostels – each of which has 186 beds – Darren added: “These are our first projects with YHA and we are delighted to be working with them on improving these popular properties. The work is challenging as it must be completed without closing the premises or unduly impacting on YHA customers. Thankfully these are skills we have honed through many years working with residents at our social housing clients.”
Cllr Tony Rooth, Lead Councillor for Housing and Social Welfare, at Guildford Borough Council, said: “I am pleased to welcome Osborne Property Services on board as we work to continually improve our housing stock for the benefit of our residents.”
Jake Chalmers, Property Director at YHA (England and Wales), said: “The upgrading of the toilets and showers and en suites at St Pancras and Earls Court are part of YHA’s refurbishment programme. Our London Youth Hostels are immensely popular with both overseas and domestic guests and this programme of work ensures that we continue to meet the standards expected by modern travellers.”
To ensure Osborne continues to deliver excellent service on planned maintenance, Andrew Gratton – who joined in 2012 from Apollo and has 40 years’ experience in planned works – has been promoted to Operations Manager, reporting to Darren Kilby.
A reflection of the success of Osborne’s approach is the news this week that it is one of 12 contractors shortlisted on a prestigious procurement framework for planned works in the South East.
The South East Consortium Major Works Framework buys goods and services on behalf of councils and housing associations managing a total of 140,000 homes across the region.