ENGIE has been appointed by Optivo to deliver fire remediation work worth £120m, which will see both organisations work closely with residents to provide comprehensive solutions
The partnership between Optivo and Engie means the process can now move forward to deliver the vital fire remediation works.
The specialist works will include the removal and replacement of combustible materials to external wall systems, including cavity barriers; the removal and replacement of any non-compliant spandrel panels and balconies.
ENGIE has confirmed energy efficiency will play an integral part in the planning and design.
It also plans to access funding and work with residents and Optivo to deliver these technologies and reduce the risk of fuel poverty for residents.
The fire safety contract, which starts next month, will see ENGIE embark on several months of extensive investigation and design work across various buildings.
ENGIE has promised a recruitment drive to provide jobs and opportunities for local people and suppliers during the seven-year delivery.
The organisation will also offer eight apprenticeships per year.
The programme will be delivered over seven years, with work onsite due to begin this summer.
‘Vital’ fire remediation works
Dan Germann, regional managing director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “Optivo has a very clear directive and the significance of this work isn’t lost on anybody.
“We have the experience, technology, skills and systems in place to work within the golden thread framework – which was a requisite of the delivery – but we are also perfectly placed to bring net-zero solutions to the table; ensuring these homes are not only safe but efficient.”
Heather Langridge, director of asset compliance at Optivo, said: “We want to make sure our residents are safe in the building they live in.
“It’s why we’re continuing to do everything we can to comply with all the government guidance and regulations to ensure all our buildings meet the required standards.
“We welcome this partnership which means we can now start to deliver these vital fire remediation works.”