Forrest lands £70m refurbishment contract

Preston-based social housing regeneration specialist Forrest has landed a £70 million refurbishment and maintenance contract with Bolton at Home.

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The 10-year deal will see improvement to 18,000 households across Bolton and includes the installation and repair of bathrooms and kitchens, electrical upgrades and rewiring, central heating and boiler renewal, external refurbishment and infrastructure works.

Forrest’s relationship with Bolton at Home dates back to the early 1990s.Over the last two yearsForrest has invested heavily in the area and in 2011 opened a new 22,000 sq foot operational hub near to the Reebok Stadium.

Lee McCarren, chief executive of Forrest, said: “Fostering long-term partnerships is the bedrock of our business. Bolton and Greater Manchester are key geographic areas for us where we’ve made significant investments into creating new jobs and apprenticeships.” Jim Higham, Bolton at Home’s director of technical services, said:  “Over the years, Bolton at Home and Forrest have developed a solid partnership through working together to deliver our capital works programme. I’m delighted that with this latest appointment, we have the opportunity to build on our relationship for the benefit of our customers and communities.”