Morgan Sindall social housing subsidiary Lovell has acquired Powerminster Gleeson Services from M J Gleeson Group.
All Powerminster’s contracts, and the company’s 178-strong workforce, will transfer to Lovell Respond, the Lovell response maintenance business.
Powerminster delivers comprehensive planned and reactive maintenance solutions, including a 24/7 responsive service, to the social housing sector.
It specialises in providing long-term estate management services on Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes. Lovell Respond’s current business is mainly focussed on the Midlands, whilst Powerminster has a strong presence in the North West, North East and South East of England.
Lovell Respond has expertise in reactive and programmed maintenance contracts including day-to-day responsive repairs, refurbishment of void properties, programmed maintenance and electrical and gas installations servicing and repair. Recent wins include a £30m, five-year housing repairs and maintenance contract for Gloucester City Homes, which manages Gloucester City Council’s 5,000 homes.
Powerminster’s PFI contracts include a £48m, 28-year facilities management contract for Leeds City Council’s Leeds Independent Living Project programme; a £29m, 31-year contract to provide facilities management services for five extra care housing schemes in Cheshire; a £35m, 30-year contract for estates management services at the Stanhope estate in Ashford, Kent; a £4m, 25-year contract to deliver facilities management services at Sheffield Family Courts, and a £32m, 30-year estates management contract for the Grove Village estate regeneration in Manchester.
“Powerminster’s expertise in long-term PFI estates and facilities management complements Lovell Respond’s strength in day-to-day maintenance services,” says Lovell managing director Stewart Davenport. “With social housing contracts increasingly being tendered on a combined ‘planned and response maintenance’ basis, the expanded business will create a seamless ‘one stop shop’, offering clients the full range of maintenance services alongside our expertise in new-build and refurbishment.
“We are strongly placed for opportunities offered by the latest round of housing PFI schemes as well as having capacity for working on PFIs in other sectors.”