Gentoo Tolent win £2.1m contract to improve homes in York

North East based contractor Gentoo Tolent has won a £2.1m framework with City of York Council to improve around 500 homes in the next two years.

The works will see whole house improvements to the local authority’s housing stock which includes new bathrooms, kitchens, electrical work and general property repairs.

The contract win follows a successful four year framework with the council, where Gentoo Tolent delivered similar home improvements to over 350 homes across the city, including two sheltered schemes, worth around £2.8m

Paul Webster, Managing Director of Gentoo Tolent, said: “This is a very important win for us; securing more work for the next two years and further developing our reputation as a quality contractor in the York region.

“We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with City of York Council and after working very closely together for the past four years, we understand the client and their customers very well and we look forward to delivering more high quality improvements.”

Tenant David Munro said “I am really pleased with the work that has been carried out to my home.  My new kitchen is beautiful and the contractors were all really friendly and were excellent at tidying up my property at the end of the day.”

As part of the contract, Gentoo Tolent has created three full time apprentice opportunities and four employment opportunities for local people.

During the previous four year framework, the contractor partnered with the Springboard Project which is aimed at supporting care leavers in York and North Yorkshire aged 16-25 into employment, education and training. Thanks to this partnership working, one young person was offered two weeks of work experience on site which successfully resulted in him gaining a full time job with Gentoo Tolent’s Asbestos Team.

David Dixon, Head of Customer Services at Gentoo Tolent said: “Working with organisations like the Springboard project is a valuable way we can help young people to gain work experience and help set them up for future employment.

“We try and work with local organisations and social enterprises on all our contracts, tapping into their experience and local knowledge to help us make the biggest impact possible, as well as delivering high quality homes.”

Work started in May 2016

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