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Four year £6.4m contract for heating specialist

Two Rivers Housing has awarded two four-year contracts to a social housing heating specialist.

The two new contracts, worth £6.4m, build on a successful long-term partnership between the two organisations, which has seen PH Jones provide servicing and repairs to the housing association's traditional fuel heating systems for the last nine years.

PH Jones, based in Berkshire, operates from 15 regional offices around the UK and looks after a third of the UK's social housing.

Two Rivers Housing recently secured funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to carry out a pilot to fully retrofit a small number of its homes. This will include installation of more efficient and renewable heating systems.

The first of the new contracts will see PH Jones take responsibility of the servicing and repair of Two Rivers Housing's renewable systems, as well as the traditional heating systems it has previously serviced.

Two Rivers Housing provides more than 4,200 affordable homes across Gloucestershire, which account for more than 90 per cent of the organisation's carbon emissions. The replacement of gas, oil and solid fuel heating systems in its older homes and installation of this technology in its new build homes, will play a key role in its ambition to become a carbon zero organisation by 2050.

Luke Beard, assistant director of assets at Two Rivers Housing, said: "Our tenants have been incredibly pleased with the service provided by PH Jones over the last nine years, and we will now be able to offer the same excellent service to all of our tenants, regardless of the type of heating system they currently have.

"Our procurement panel was particularly impressed with the PH Jones commitment to achieving carbon zero, which will be a key part of our improvement and development work going forward."

As part of the deal, PH Jones has committed to delivering employment and skills opportunities throughout the contract.

Matt Isherwood, head of business customer delivery at PH Jones, said: "We have been working with social housing clients for more than 50 years, and we are continuing to build on that as we aim to provide affordable, zero carbon solutions for our customers.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Two Rivers Housing. This project has the potential to reduce energy bills for residents, while improving local air quality and making a significant contribution as the UK transitions to cleaner, greener heating."

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