Michael Dyson Associates Limited is pleased to be again working with Preston City Council and South Ribble Borough Council on the delivery of a jointly procured Housing Needs and Demand Study which will involve contact with over 50,000 local residents.
This Study will provide the necessary information to assist both Councils in identifying and appraising local Housing Needs as well as creating new Housing Development opportunities.
Through competitive tender, Valleys to Coast Housing has awarded Michael Dyson Associates Limited a commission to carry out a 20% sample stock condition survey, totalling 1,000 properties, over the next 2 months using the Northgate Codeman asset management system.
The survey results will be used to calculate a 30 year planned maintenance cost profile, failures and rectification costs against the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, RdSAP energy surveys, shop surveys and condition surveys to maintained public areas within the Valleys to Coast stock.
The WHQS information will be used to support Welsh Government report submissions and the cost profile will enable the prioritisation of repairs and replacements over future years.
The Department for Communities & Local Government recently circulated a letter to all social housing providers highlighting the recommendations made by HM Coroner for Southampton & New Forest following the fatalities suffered by fire fighters attending the Shirley Towers fire in Southampton in 2010.
The Coroner made 9 recommendations for action, two of which relate directly to social housing providers – specifically these relate to surface mounted plastic trunking and retro-fitting of sprinkler systems.
Although it is unlikely that the recommendations will ultimately become part of the Building Regulations, we believe that they should be seriously considered when inspecting, refurbishing or installing/renewing fire protection systems within common areas of existing flat blocks.
Michael Dyson Associates Ltd has the experience, resources and skills to assist Landlords in identifying potential shortfalls in relation to these issues.
For further information on the recommendations and how Michael Dyson Associates Ltd may be able to assist, please see our information leaflet attached or contact Gary Jackson on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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