The seven-year contract will provide repairs service to more than 13,500 households and create new jobs for local residents and the wider community.
Bruce Melizan, executive director at Interserve, said: “Delivering front-line services for East Thames is strategically important to us at Interserve, as it affects local residents’ homes and their quality of life.
“The fact that East Thames has given us an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience in delivering residential repairs and maintenance with them is a strong endorsement of the value and quality we can bring to their estates.
“The benefits of our approach have already been evidenced by the 22 per cent saving we have already achieved for East Thames on their outsourcing model, which is just the start of a partnership that will enable East Thames and their residents to benefit from our intelligent approach to delivering services over the coming years.”
The contract will also see benefits extended to the wider community via local recruitment targets, training and employment opportunities and a unique package of support for local long term unemployed residents who have found it difficult to find work.
Interserve will deliver estate services to local areas, including cyclical works, building refurbishment, planned and responsive repairs and maintenance to corporate buildings.
East Thames director of development and property Geoff Pearce said: “We are very much looking forward to working with our new partners Interserve and welcome their customer-centred approach to delivering our repairs service.
“Thanks to the feedback we’ve received from our residents, we have been able to work, together with Interserve, to design a service that better meets the needs of our customers, while delivering value for money and a significant contribution to East Thames’ local employment aims.”
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Property specialists Quintain are launching a full-scale assault on the London housing market and plan to build thousands of new homes in the capital.
Quintain are planning to speed up their residential construction programme in London and take advantage of the 22 million sq ft of land they have (with planning approval) at their disposal.
Construction Enquirer report that Quintain are accelerating their plans for Greenwich and Wembley City, and have a number of major projects in the pipeline.
Among these are projects to build 600 flats in Greenwich, which have nearly been finished, 1,300 new homes in Wembley, new properties at Peninsula Quays and a site next to the River Thames, which will be close to the cable car scheme going ahead in London.
This construction push by Quintain will likely create new construction jobs in London, as a flurry of new homes are set to be built over the next couple of years.
Train4TradeSkills News wrote last August that plans were being developed to link Greenwich and the O2 arena on one side of the River Thames to the Royal Victoria Docks on the other side of the river. Now the plans have been confirmed and Mace are leading the £50 million cable car project.
The £50.5 million plans involve Mace, Austria cable car experts Dopplemayr, Watson Steel, Scott Wilson, Buro Happold and Aedas. Work is expected to begin shortly and the aim is to finish before the Olympics arrives in London in 2012.
The cable cars will take five minutes to go across the Thames, between the O2 and the ExCel centre, and are expected to carry up to 2,500 passengers an hour.
The cable car project in London will be the first and only one in the UK and would follow European cities like Lisbon and Barcelona, where cable cars have been a success.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said about the cable car scheme: “This innovative airborne travel link will be a vital component in the ongoing renaissance of a vibrant easterly quarter of the Capital, providing a much needed river crossing. I am thrilled we are full steam ahead to start work on this project.”
If you like this, read our earlier story: London cable car scheme could generate more trades jobs
The £3.6 billion plans would see a tunnel built that would reduce the flow of sewage into the Thames. Currently the Thames’ sewer system discharges raw sewage into the river around 50 times a year, which could increase due to factors like climate change and the population growth in London.
The tunnel has been given the OK by Ms. Spelman, who said:
“A tunnel continues to offer by far the most cost effective solution to the unacceptable problem of raw sewage being regularly discharged into the Thames.”
The idea was originally brought up in 2007 by then-environment secretary and now-Labour leader candidate David Miliband, who believed a tunnel would solve the sewage problem. If the plans for the tunnel go ahead, this would create hundreds of trades jobs and would add to the number of jobs created by other projects on the Thames, such as the £635 million Lee Tunnel, which is to be built in London.
The plans sound like a good idea, as they help the environment whilst creating a lot more trades jobs in the capital. And with events like the Olympics in 2012 set to bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to London, it will be good to resolve the sewage issue in the Thames in the near future.