J Tomlinson has been awarded a £10m contract to undertake repairs and maintenance services for social landlord, emh homes.

The appointment followed a comprehensive tender process, in which emh homes tenants were directly involved in the selection of the successful contractor. Several tenants involved in scrutinising the landlord’s services on behalf of all tenants were invited by emh homes Director of Property Services Adrian Cheetham to take part in the tender process.

Three companies were shortlisted and invited to meet with the tenants and representatives of emh homes. The contract was awarded to integrated building services business, J Tomlinson Limited.

The contract is worth £10m over five years, and will see J Tomlinson working alongside the emh homes internal maintenance team to deliver a responsive repairs service and vacant property refurbishments to homes in Nottinghamshire, South Derbyshire, Leicester, Loughborough and Northamptonshire. The landlord has almost 20,000 properties across the East Midlands.

The tenants were impressed with the efficient and professional way in which the discussions were handled, and were pleased that they were involved in the process at every step of the way.

Martin Ardron, Operational Director at J Tomlinson, said: “We are delighted to win the contract, further strengthening our longstanding partnership with emh homes. From our perspective it was great to see such strong tenant involvement in the interview and questioning. We are really looking forward to working with emh homes and its tenants to deliver a reliable and high-quality service over the next five years.”

Mal Stocks, a long time emh homes tenant, said: “We were delighted when Adrian invited us along. The repair and maintenance of our homes is perhaps the most important thing tenants are concerned about, so it was crucial that we got this right. We have seen good and bad over the years, so we knew what we were looking for and what we wanted from the service.”

Adrian Cheetham added: “We expect to form a strong working relationship with J Tomlinson which will help us grow and support the delivery of increased productivity and efficiencies for both emh homes and our tenants.”

Nottingham-based J Tomlinson operates primarily across South Yorkshire, the East Midlands and the West Midlands, offering a range of integrated building services which include construction, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), facilities management, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance and regeneration. The firm is a leading provider to the social housing sector, working with clients such as Ashfield District Council, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Midland Heart and Derwent Living.

For more information visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk or http://www.emhgroup.org.uk