Forrest secures new £4m contract

Equity Housing Group has appointed Preston-based social housing contractor Forrest to deliver its responsive repairs and voids maintenance services for the next four years.

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The agreement is valued at £1m per year and will cover routine, urgent and emergency repairs and maintenance.

Forrest will deliver repairs and renewals to tenanted properties and internal and external communal areas, as well as taking responsibility for clearance and cleaning empty properties.

Emergency and out of hours work to rectify minor and major property damage and restore essential services will also be provided.

The agreement covers more than 4,500 properties across Greater Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire East and West, Merseyside, Derbyshire Dales, Yorkshire and Shropshire.

Lee McCarren, Chief Executive at Forrest, said: “Responsive repair and maintenance is core to Forrest’s service offering, as we look to support our clients and their tenants’ maintenance needs.” David Fisher, chief executive of Equity Housing Group, said: “Forrest has an excellent reputation and a proven track record within the housing sector and we look forward to working together over the next four years to deliver a superb service for our customers.”