A new framework has been launched intended to deliver disrepair and complex works to help tackle the housing sector’s ongoing issues of damp and condensation mould.
Launched by Pretium Frameworks Ltd, part of the Echelon Group, the Total Disrepair Solutions Framework was developed by Echelon Consultancy on behalf of – and jointly with – housing association Riverside Group.
The development of the new PCR 2015-compliant framework isn’t the first time the two organisations have collaborated. They have previously worked together to set up two Disrepair Improvement Groups focused on prevention and remediation and disrepair management, which have a collective membership of 350 people from 181 individual organisations.
Jess John, Pretium’s director of framework partnerships, said: “Damp and condensation mould is one of the most pressing issues currently facing the UK housing sector, causing stress, anxiety and health problems for tenants, as well as being the cause of many expensive legal disrepair claims.”
“This framework was developed in collaboration with Riverside to offer housing providers an easy-to-access, compliant solution for the delivery of disrepair and other complex works.
“We look forward to working with Riverside, to support the sector to tackle this growing issue.”
Phil Pemberton, director of asset strategy at Riverside, added: “As one of the largest national social landlords, effective management and maintenance of our homes is paramount, but this has perhaps never been more important in the wake of several high-profile events that have highlighted systematic failures to meet basic decency standards.
“The work with Pretium Frameworks will help tackle the huge challenge damp and mould poses for the sector.”
Although the framework was developed primarily to deliver disrepair and complex works in relation to condensation, damp and mould it also covers: structural disrepair; sound and noise nuisance; pest prevention work (proofing work only); WIP management; responsive repairs support; complex repairs and minor work; and void support services.
Pretium has split the framework into two work-streams delivering works across different value bands, and these are further broken down into regional Lots, giving coverage across England and Wales.
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