Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has been appointed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to carry out fire safety works across its housing stock. It’s Specialist Services business will carry out a planned programme of works, including the replacement of 3,600 fire door sets and other passive fire safety works.
Committed to offering the highest levels of assurance, Kier is a certified member of BM TRADA, a market leading organisation for testing, inspection and certification of products and services, and will only use fire door sets supplied by one of its certified manufacturers. In addition, the team will be headed up by a specialist who is accredited as part of the BM TRADA Q-Mark installation scheme and only trusted supply chain partners who are also approved through this scheme will be used on the contract.
There will be a rigorous quality assurance process for these works with independent inspections and an electronic record will be produced, in-line with the recommendations set out in the Building Safety Bill.
Mark Whittaker, managing director of Kier Specialist Services, states: “I am pleased to be working with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to carry out important fire safety works across its housing stock.
“Our specialist teams and trusted supply chain partners will diligently carry out these improvements and vitally, engage and explain what we are doing with residents.”
Cllr Nick Pace, Executive Member for Housing and Communities at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said: “This is an important project to help us further improve fire safety standards across our housing stock, ensuring we’re responding to changes in legislation as quickly as possible. We were really impressed by Kier’s track record managing large scale work programmes – including their approach to keeping residents informed – and look forward to working together in the months ahead.”
This latest win for Specialist Services, follows its appointment to Camden Council’s £620m framework, it’s new contract with Hounslow Council and its reappointment by Gosport Council to carry out housing maintenance for the next five years.