Havering Council and Wates Residential are calling for local businesses to be part of their ambitious programme to deliver 3,500 high quality homes for local people over the next 12 to 15 years.
The joint venture partners hosted a fourth ‘Meet the Buyer’ event on January 23 at Havering College for local suppliers to learn about contract opportunities including the supply of white goods, painting and decorating services, wall and floor tiling, and other site services including builders cleaning, security, catering and labour on the biggest regeneration project in the borough.
The events were a key part of the venture’s ambition to deliver a borough-wide legacy through investment in employment, education, skills and training.
It comes after three ‘Meet the Buyer’ events last year, following which Downwell Demolition was appointed to carry out the demolition on the former Solar, Serena and Sunrise Courts site in South Hornchurch ahead of the construction of a modern new retirement village.
Rainham-based Kilnbridge Construction Services continues to dismantle two tower blocks at the Napier and New Plymouth House site Rainham to make way for 126 affordable homes for local people.
As the partners’ sites move into the construction phase in 2020 and beyond, further local contracts are due to be tendered.
In total, the investment in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will make up a minimum of 10 per cent of the total programme, valued at £100m of contracts to be secured by local businesses.
Sourcing local suppliers is also kinder to the environment as it can cut the carbon emissions produced by travelling large distances.
The event included a presentation by Neil Stubbings, Director of Regeneration at Havering Council, and Cllr Damian White, leader of the council, on the importance of building to the local economy, and future plans for the borough.
Wates Residential also provided an overview of the 12 estates regeneration programme and further details on the services that will be needed from local businesses for the next stage.
Cllr White said: “As part of our on-going commitment to support local businesses, it was great to see so many represented at this event and I would like to thank you all for attending.
“This is yet another example of how our regeneration plans for the borough goes so much further than just building homes for local people. These Meet the Buyer events allow us to make sure we maximise the investment and business opportunities for residents and businesses too.”
Kate Ives, Development Director for Wates Residential, said: “It was great to meet with local businesses to discuss the great contract opportunities that are available across our sites in Havering.
“Through our previous Meet the Buyer events we have met some strong businesses running high quality services from the borough and are now in contract with a number of these both in Havering and further afield.”