Fastflow Group and United Living have joined forces to provide a broadened maintenance and development capability in the property sector
The enlarged group will retain the existing contracting companies under their separate brands with existing contracts being unaffected. The Fastflow Group and United Living merger will allow the two organisations to be better equipped to meet the ever-increasing UK demand for new and well-maintained housing.
Fastflow Group is an independent provider of essential services to the utilities and property sectors. Over 600 people are employed on sites throughout the UK, improving and managing a broad range of client assets. Group turnover is £137mn.
United Living is a provider of new and refurbished homes for clients throughout the UK. The group employs 540 people with a turnover of £275m. The combined headcount, not including sub-contractors/supply chain, will exceed 1,100 people.
Between Fastflow Group and United Living the companies delivered 1,263 new homes in 2018. In addition, 29,895 planned maintenance jobs were completed and 47,100 short notice responsive repairs were carried out.
Ian Burnett, chief executive officer of United Living will step down but remain as an advisor to the group. Neil Armstrong, chairman and chief executive officer of Fastflow Group will take overall responsibility for the enlarged group as CEO.
Neil Armstrong, said: “The reasons for combining these two great businesses are simple and compelling. The enlarged maintenance and new housing capability will benefit clients and our people, safeguarding jobs and providing more opportunities to progress within the group.
“At United Living, we see people with a shared ethic and common purpose, who are already delivering a best in class service. People who, like us, take their responsibilities to customers, residents, employees, the environment and communities in which they work very seriously.
“By harnessing this commitment and talent and by working together, investing time and money to drive improvement, we will take the business to the next level.”
Ian Burnett, added: “United Living and Fastflow are both organisations with a strong history of excellent customer service and quality projects within the utilities services, social housing and residential markets.
“Bringing the two businesses together will enhance the geographical coverage and offering for customers by providing a fully integrated service from development through to build and maintenance of the whole project.”