Council formalises housing repairs and maintenance partnership with Osborne

Published: 15 June 2017

Slough Borough Council is proud to announce its formal partnership with Osborne Property Services Ltd who will provide repairs, maintenance and investment (RMI) services for the council’s housing stock across the town.

Senior council leaders met with Osborne today (Thursday) to formalise the relationship, marking the beginning of a seven year contract which will go live on 1 December.

Osborne will be responsible for the maintenance of over 7,000 properties in Slough.

Taking an asset management approach, Osborne will have full insight to local stock enabling strategic decisions on stock maintenance, bringing about long term benefits for our tenants.

Uniquely, Osborne will secure offices within Slough, providing the opportunity for co-location of local services which will drive a collaborative and integrated approach to their work with the community.

Slough residents will further benefit from Osborne’s commitment to investing locally for the long term through a contract designed to create job opportunities, skills and local supply chains, as well as re-investment and income opportunities for the borough.

Osborne was founded in 1966 in Chichester and is one of the leading construction businesses in the UK, whose expertise is associated with the built environment in project management, design, property maintenance, construction and property development and investment.

Osborne is a family business, driven not by share prices or investor return, but by a clear desire to work in partnership, solve problems and add value over the long term.

Councillor Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for housing, said: “We are excited to be building a new, sustainable, long-term relationship with a dynamic and innovative new service partner.

“Osborne has a proven track record in delivering high-quality property services across London and the South East, priding themselves on a right-first-time service.

“We are committed to providing secure, good quality, safe and affordable homes for people who live and work in Slough and we are pleased that Osborne understand and share our vision.”

He added: “Repairs and maintenance is the largest area of expenditure for housing providers and we will be working closely to establish and sustain an efficient, focused, value for money service that meets the varied needs of tenants, leaseholders, private landlords, private tenants and owner occupiers.”

Carol Bailey, Managing Director for Osborne Property Services, commented: “We are delighted to have been selected from a very strong field for this integrated asset management contract.

“This approach encompasses a genuine long term strategic approach to managing the council’s existing assets.

“Osborne will become truly embedded within Slough, helping shape and deliver the exciting plans they have for the benefit of the whole borough and we look forward to working closely together and seeing the communities of Slough experience real benefit.”

For further information on Osborne, visit http://www.osborne.co.uk