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£16 million Bromford project secured

£16 MILLION BROMFORD PROJECT SECURED

  10 APRIL, 2019
We have secured three new refurbishment contracts with housing association Bromford totalling £16 million. The contracts include a £12 million programme of roofing upgrades across Bromford’s portfolio in the Midlands and South West, as the housing provider looks to provide the right home for every customer. We expect to refurbish more than 350 roofs-a-year under the five-year deal and will be completing works on a 200-home estate in Wolverhampton and supported housing schemes in Lichfield over the first twelve months. The project, which was awarded following a competitive tender process, is an extension of our six-year roofing contract with Bromford. The business has also been appointed to deliver a £2 million contract to upgrade the roofing at Bromford’s 90-home Waterloo estate in Gloucestershire, which will help the housing association to minimise future reactive maintenance costs. In a separate three-year agreement, we will be completing £2 million worth of fire-safety works in blocks of flats including sheltered accommodation. It includes fire door upgrades and projects to replace fire-stopping systems between storeys. Works are set to begin in January after Bromford finalises a comprehensive survey of fire systems across its estate. In addition to the roofing and fire safety works, we along with our supply chain are refreshing a local community centre in Gloucester as a pro-bono project. The wins build on our’ 10-year relationship with the housing association, which partnered with South West-based Merlin in July of last year before merging with Gloucestershire-based Severn Vale Housing in January. Its combined stock totals 44,000 homes and it has a planned development pipeline of £1.5bn for 14,000 new homes over the next decade. Lee Hartley, director at Novus, said: “Bromford is one of many long-standing relationships we have in the social housing sector. We provide local support through our network of offices but, as a national contractor, can provide scale to deliver projects quickly across multiple territories while ensuring the same high-quality standards. “We’re proud of our ability to retain major clients like Bromford for more than a decade. We’re quick to understand how these organisations work – their stock and what their customers expect – so that we can become an extension of their team. In addition, our commitment to volunteering and providing added value initiatives helps to transform lives beyond the improvement works to housing stock.” Russ Fowler, Bromford’s director of strategic asset management, said: “We have an excellent relationship with Novus and are pleased to be working in partnership with them as we look to make improvements to hundreds of existing homes as part of our aim to ensure that each customer can thrive by having a home that is safe, secure and warm.”
£200,000 University of Leeds refurbishment project

£200,000 UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS REFURBISHMENT PROJECT

  01 APRIL, 2019
We have been appointed to deliver refurbishment works at a five-storey student accommodation building for the University of Leeds totalling £200,000. The Henry Price building is part of the university’s main campus and comprises 40 student flats. We will replace all 10 shared kitchens at the building including a strip-out of the interior, replacement of appliances and fit-out. The University of Leeds is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. It is ranked third in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. It has over 34,000 students and contributes £1.8bn annually to the UK economy. The six-week project is due to complete in September, before term begins. This is our first contract with the University of Leeds and follows its appointment to student accommodation refurbishments at Lancaster University and Teesside University. The business has secured and delivered over £10 million worth of refurbishment projects with new and existing clients in the higher education sector since the start of 2018. Nick Haigh, operations manager at Novus, said: “Offering a great student experience and high-quality accommodation is key to universities’ growth. “As is the case for many contracts in the sector, a key part of our successful bid for the University of Leeds contract was our proven experience delivering high-quality work to a tight timeframe.” Our Leeds office opened in January 2018 and its client roster in the region includes University of Leeds, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and Sanctuary Housing.
Novus partners with Fortior Homes on £14m contract

NOVUS PARTNERS WITH FORTIOR HOMES ON £14M CONTRACT

  14 DECEMBER, 2018
We have been chosen to deliver a major housing project in Stoke-on-Trent in a deal worth around £14million.Our Stoke-on-Trent team will be building 85 apartments and 43 houses in partnership with Fortior Homes, the housing company owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, on Lichfield Street, Hanley.Work on the site will begin in December with completion set for September 2020. The development will consist of a range of two and three-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments.Novus were appointed to the contract following a competitive tendering process.Dean Povey, Operations Manager at Novus, said: “As a national contractor that calls Stoke its home, we can’t wait to get started on this exciting project.“The development will provide quality homes for private rent and market sale for the city’s people a stone’s throw from Stoke-on-Trent’s shopping, nightlife and business centre.“As the first project we’ve worked on with Fortior Homes we’re looking forward to building a lasting relationship.”Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “We are committed to providing quality housing for our residents at all stages of life – and to ensuring that different types of accommodation are available to meet everyone’s needs. By providing new-build homes in this location we will be making sure we don’t lose people to other areas who want to live in this kind of accommodation, but are struggling to find somewhere suitable.“There has been a significant amount of investment in the city centre and the infrastructure to support businesses. This is a way of continuing that support by providing the homes for those attracted to the city by the new business environment in a spot readily accessible from the centre.“It is also fantastic news that a local company, Novus, has successfully won the contract for this development. Helping local businesses to grow means more jobs and opportunities for local people. It raises people’s quality of life, and it supports our economy.”Councillor Ann James, leader of the city council and a board member of Fortior Homes, said: “The development of this site will allow us to deliver on our objective for significant investment in new housing.“We aim to provide high quality homes within Stoke-on-Trent, and the Lichfield Street site presents an exciting opportunity for the delivery of a new and aspirational private rental and market sale offer in a key location.”
Novus to carry out £1.5million refurbishment programme at Lancaster University this summer

NOVUS TO CARRY OUT £1.5MILLION REFURBISHMENT PROGRAMME AT LANCASTER UNIVERSITY THIS SUMMER

  09 AUGUST, 2018
We have been appointed to deliver a refurbishment programme to the Pendle and Grizedale accommodation blocks at Lancaster University’s Bailrigg campus totalling £1.5 million. The project will see Novus refurbish the common areas including new flooring, handrails, suspended ceilings, communal entrance doors, door systems, installation of new power sources and data provision throughout the halls. Works will run over the summer and be completed before students arrive in September. Lancaster University Lancaster University is a top 10 university as ranked by the Complete University Guide. The project is designed to help the accommodation maintain its award-winning status having won the Best University Halls in the National Student Housing Awards 2017 for the seventh year running. Novus University Projects Liam Cox, contracts manager at Novus, said: “This new contract follows our work on a series of projects with Lancaster University over the past 10 years. “Students are universities’ lifeblood and many institutions are making investments in their accommodation and facilities to help them attract greater numbers from around the world. We’ve been appointed to over £12 million worth of projects in the sector in the past 12 months, as a result.” Lancaster University Feedback Helen Wood, senior project manager, facilities division at Lancaster University, said: “Ensuring our campus provides our students with a great experience throughout their university life is key. We’re looking forward to seeing the finished facilities come together ahead of our 2018 students joining after summer.”
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