News: Unity HA strikes £7m deal with regeneration specialist

BMENational member Unity Housing Association has entrusted Forrest, a leading Northern social housing regeneration specialist, with a £7 million responsive and planned maintenance services contract.

The five-year agreement, which Forrest secured after an initial year-long deal, will see the firm’s Refurbish and Respond divisions support over 1.200 Unity homes across the Leeds area.

Forrest, which has six offices across the North of England, will deliver the work from its Yorkshire operations hub which is based in Leeds.

The contract includes an option to extend the agreement for further one or two years.

Forrest’s Respond team offers 24-hour-a-day, seven day a week responsive maintenance support while its Refurbish division provides a range of property asset management services.

Andrew Stubbs, director of frameworks for Forrest Leeds, said: “Unity’s commitment to building strong and sustainable communities mirrors our own core values based on creating and supporting green neighbourhoods.

“Yorkshire is a key region for our organisation and Unity is one of its leading housing associations, making this agreement a major milestone for our Leeds office.”

Ali Akbor, CEO for Unity Housing Association, said: “Over the past 12 months of our initial agreement, Forrest’s operational team have provided an excellent level or service which, most importantly, has led to very positive feedback from our tenants.”

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