Platform Property Care has signed a new grounds maintenance contract that it says will reduce fuel consumption.
The Platform Housing Group subsidiary has announced Ron Smith & Co as its new supplier, with a new contract will effect fuel cost savings of around 7%.
Simon Harris, service manager at Platform Property Care, explained: “Having new up-to-date machinery will increase our performance and also drive efficiencies across our cyclical contracts.
“With any powered equipment, our carbon footprint is paramount. These new machines will reduce our fuel consumption by up to 7%.”
The new contract will see Platform Property Care leasing 15 new tractor mowers to tackle a substantial workload throughout its operating area, including maintenance of its sheltered schemes, villages, estates, public open spaces, pre-sale shared ownership units, and its Rooftop Housing contract.
Platform said the decision to appoint Worcester-based Ron Smith & Co was part of a robust procurement exercise, and that the company was chosen for its competitive long-term lease savings and its service back-up.
Rob Manton, sales manager at Ron Smith & Co, said: “We are delighted to be the chosen partner for grounds maintenance equipment at Platform Property Care.
“We combine being a local family run business with more than 50 years’ experience alongside being one of the largest machinery suppliers in the UK.”
Harris concluded: “Our aim is to use suppliers with a proven track record in service and support, specific to our industry.
“Whilst having new machinery increases both productivity and utilisation, they must also work hand in hand with health and safety, meet homologation standards, and vehicle compliance.”
Platform Housing Group owns and manages 46,000 homes across the Midlands, with a portfolio that includes social and affordable rent and shared ownership houses.
The group has G1 governance and V1 financial viability ratings from the Regulator of Social Housing and an A+ rating from Standard and Poor’s and Fitch.
Image: (L-R) Joe Smith, crew leader; Graham Nicklin, crew leader; Philip White, grounds maintenance operative; Tim Clarke, grounds maintenance operative; and Paul Reece, crew leader
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