Efficiency East Midlands Partnership Grows

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been working in partnership with Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) lead member, Nottingham City Homes since August 2010, delivering environmental groundworks throughout their stock, which includes social housing and commercial buildings as part of their planned programme of improvements.

The EEM consortium was established to offer an exciting opportunity for social housing providers across the East Midlands region in the delivery of “cashable” and “non-cashable” benefits, for example significant cost savings combined with the ability to deliver high quality services to the communities and tenants they serve. The current membership comprises arms-length management organisations (ALMOs), local authorities (LAs) and housing associations (RSLs) and includes:

• Nottingham City Homes
• Ashfield Homes Ltd
• A1 Housing Bassetlaw Ltd
• Derby Homes
• Newark and Sherwood Homes
• Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing
• Tuntum Housing Association
• ACIS Group
• Chesterfield Borough Council
• Derwent Living
• Gedling Homes
• LHA Asra Group
• Mansfield District Council
• Nottingham Community Housing Association
• Rykneld Homes
• South Derbyshire District Council

Moving forward, Thomas Bow City Asphalt is now responsible for reactive repairs and maintenance as sole contractor under the EEM’s Tarmac, Path Repairs and Minor Groundworks Framework.

Working to strict service level agreements (SLA’s), the company will ensure rapid response times and the quality delivery of its services to the consortiums members. Additional commitments include the employment and training of local people, something the Company has been committed to over the past several years.

A comprehensive Employment and Skills Plan (ESP) has been prepared in conjunction with our approved training partner, ConstructionSkills, which will include for the recruitment and training of many young adults in the form of 2 year Apprenticeships, along with additional resources for NVQ training, to ensure all our employees benefit from continual professional development.

This new contract has been valued at up to £2.5m and is set to run for a period of 12 months, with options to extend for a further 24 months.