£3.5m EWI Contract for Efficiency East Midlands

Sustainable Building Services (UK) Limited has won a £3.5 million project to install external wall insulation to 558 properties in Chesterfield and Bolsover. The contract was awarded through a four year solid wall insulation framework managed by Efficiency East Midlands (EEM).

The work includes installing external wall insulation and weatherproof decorative render to a mixture of houses and low-rise blocks, all of which were originally built with solid walls. Scheduled to commence in December 2014, it will follow window replacement works by another contractor appointed by EEM. As part of the same programme, Sustainable Building Services has also been commissioned to install top-up loft insulation in order to bring the levels up to the recommended depth of 270mm for mineral wool.

The clients for this project are Chesterfield Borough Council and Bolsover District Council. The programme is to be completed by March 2016, with the potential to extend it further.

Having submitted its tender, Sustainable Building Services won the contract on the basis of best value, quality assurance and its commitment to ensuring that its work will deliver important social benefits, including creating local jobs and training opportunities wherever possible.

Sustainable Building Services is an approved installer member of the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA), a member of the National Insulation Association and a BBA-accredited Green Deal Installer for internal and external wall insulation projects carried out to PAS 2030:2012.

"We have been part of EEM's framework for internal and external wall insulation since March 2013," notes Sustainable Building Services chair Derek Horrocks. "We're very pleased to have won this important contract and we're confident that the work we'll be doing will have a positive and lasting impact on residents' quality of life."

Established in 2010, Efficiency East Midlands is a consortium of 23 social landlords which, collectively, are responsible for maintaining more than 150,000 homes across the region. It generates substantial efficiency savings for its members by centralising their procurement operations and by supporting their asset investment programmes. It operates a number of frameworks ranging from solid wall insulation to architectural design services.

Speaking on behalf of EEM, managing director Pete Smith said: "I am personally very pleased to acknowledge the award to Sustainable Building Services through the EEM EWI Framework, which continues to be successful in demonstrating best value for the EEM members."

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