The contract covers responsive repairs, void property works, cyclical decoration and planned maintenance work on 3,500 Isle of Wight homes. It runs for five years with an option to extend for five more.
There is scope for additional services to be added, including gas servicing, repairs and installations, planned refurbishment, cleaning and grounds maintenance, fire alarm testing and emergency lighting.
Thirty employees have transferred to DWSS, part of the Fastflow Group, under TUPE terms.
Southern Housing Group director Paul Wenham said: “We believe we can improve the services to our customers and achieve better value for money by appointing a single partner to deliver these works.”
Elsewhere, Southern Housing Group has also extended another, similar contract it has with DWSS in Theale, Berkshire by a further five years until 2022. The extension is worth £2.2m a year.
With new headquarters approaching completion in Thame and with offices in London and Reading – and now the Isle of Wight – DWSS now looks after 200,000 homes, schools & colleges, supported housing and care homes across the southeast of England, under contract worth nearly £30m a year.