A Welsh construction company is celebrating the completion of the first phase of a long term partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council, which will see the refurbishment of 11,000 homes and has brought 38 new jobs and a host of community benefits to the area.
Construction maintenance specialists Contract Services, based in Port Talbot, secured an £18m contract with Caerphilly County Borough Council in late 2014 to refurbish properties in the Lower Rhymney Valley to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). The works include the renewal of kitchens, bathrooms, heating and re-wiring, and is part of a wider £200m spend by Caerphilly CBC.
The work on 500 homes in Lansbury Park is now complete and Contract Services will now begin the next phase of refurbishments to homes in the Abertridwr area.
The company beat off competition from much larger national competitors to secure the contract and prides itself on its Welsh roots and community focus, and is the only private construction firm in Wales to be registered with the Living Wage Foundation.
The 38 new permanent, full time positions created by Contract Services in Caerphilly include management and administration positions, carpentry, plastering, labourers, drivers, tilers and floor fitters, within the majority coming from the Caerphilly county borough and the rest from surrounding areas. The positions created also include six apprenticeships and two new recruits via the Welsh Government’s LIFTemployment support programme. .
The company opened a second office at Pontygwindy Road in Caerphilly and has forged links with local schools, including St Martins Comprehensive School in Caerphilly, where Contract Services will be engaging with the school and the third sector to develop community legacy projects over the next few years.
Contract Services has been delivering WHQS refurbishments for more than ten years, undertaking an average of 1000 property upgrades every year across South Wales. The Caerphilly project is one of a number of high-profile business wins for the company, which now employs 149 people.
Speaking about the Caerphilly Partnership, Peter Thomas Managing Director of Contract Services, who was recently named a Director of the Year at the IoD Wales awards, said:
“We’ve seen a really successful first 18 months to our work in Caerphilly and had some great feedback from the residents and community in Lansbury Park. We are committed to ‘walking the talk’ with our commitment to improving employability locally, which is why we are especially proud to provide six apprenticeships so far in the local area. We have a 100% retention rate for apprentices with a high focus on staff development and training, so we hope they will become long-term employees of Contract Services with a continuing presence in the Caerphilly area.”
Cllr David Poole, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, added
“The council made a clear commitment from the outset that its WHQS investment would be used to deliver wider regeneration benefits throughout the county borough. It is pleasing to see the progress already made by Contract Services in delivering community benefits and I look forward to seeing the contract deliver even more benefits for local people in the future.”