New partnership for repairs and construction services

A new partnership has been formed aiming to ensure council houses are well-maintained and safe.
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An image of Christine Herriot Director of Operations and Regulatory Services at Newcastle City Council and Scott Cooper, Managing Director at Jewson Partnership Solutions.

A new partnership has been formed which aims to ensure council houses in Newcastle are well-maintained and safe places for people to live. 

Newcastle City Council is moving to a hybrid model for the way it stores and supplies materials for its repairs and construction services.

Following a procurement exercise facilitated through the TPPL dynamic purchasing system, Jewson Partnership Solutions (JPS) has been appointed as the sole supplier for building materials.

That means JPS will provide all the materials needed for the maintenance and repairs of council houses from two new hubs in Byker and Newburn Riverside.

The new arrangement will create new and innovative ways of working such as making the services more efficient by streamlining the purchasing process.

It will also help to reduce the council’s carbon footprint by minimising travel for the collection of materials.

This supports the Council’s ongoing efforts for Newcastle to achieve net zero by 2030.

As part of the hybrid model, the Council will continue to deliver electrical, PPE and commercial gas services in-house.

Christine Herriot, Director of Operations and Regulatory Services at Newcastle City Council, said: “As a council, we are always striving to provide the best possible services that we can for our residents.

“The new partnership model with JPS is one of the biggest transformations our repairs and construction services will go through and it is a really exciting opportunity to streamline our services and make sure they are as efficient as they can be.

“We are looking forward to working with JPS and ensuring residents continue to have good quality housing where they can be proud to live.”

Scott Cooper, Managing Director at Jewson Partnership Solutions, said: “We're really proud that Newcastle City Council chose to partner with JPS for their material supply.

“The partnership sees us utilise a number of our market-leading AVAIL solutions, including our first ever Housing Hub and an additional satellite location that has been strategically placed within the city boundary.

“With this new solution, I am confident we will not only deliver increased value and efficiency to the council but will have a significant positive impact on the service their residents receive.

“Like JPS, Newcastle City Council deeply care about improving the quality of life for people in the city, so I'm looking forward to seeing the tangible benefits we can produce, together, and for the wider community."

Phil Williams, Director of Procurement at The Procurement Partnership Limited, said: “We are delighted that the council used the TPPL dynamic purchasing system in procuring this new hybrid approach to its material’s supply-chain.

“We are excited to see this partnership develop and look forward to it delivering efficiency and carbon reduction.”

The new hybrid model is set to come into force from January next year.