Some of Dudley’s most historic and prestigious buildings are set to be preserved for future generations, thanks to a new £1.3 million per year contract.
Dudley Council is investing the funds to ensure its civic sites, including the Concert Hall, the Museum & Art Galley, and Himley Hall are kept in top condition and open to the public.
Ian Williams, which has a Birmingham-base, has been awarded the two-year deal. The council has an option to extend the £1.3m per year contract for a further two years.
The collaborative repairs contract starts in April and will serve all the Council’s public facing facilities as well as its administrative back-office buildings – from schools, libraries and care-homes, to offices, depots and the Council House too.
Demanding value for money and a good service too, the Council has appointed Ian Williams as its prime contractor, and made a particular requirement that a high number of jobs are to be completed at the first visit.
Councillor Adrian Turner, Cabinet Member for Personnel, Legal and Property said: “The Council is proud of its civic heritage and recognises the importance of its buildings in delivering public services.
“This contract is designed to protect this valuable asset, to protect the public, and to keep our buildings operational and fit for purpose. I am delighted to welcome Ian Williams to Dudley and wish the contract every success.”
Craig Jones, response manager at Ian Williams, said: “How buildings look has a real impact on how people feel about an area and so we are delighted to be able to work on such a fundamental project. We have a strong track record of working with local authorities on the properties they provide for the public’s use, and the wide portfolio owned by Dudley Council will enable us to showcase the talents of our team.
“As a private limited company we take pride in delivering a good service and we look forward to working with the people of Dudley.”