New partnership for home improvements will ‘achieve more’ for tenants, businesses and region

A multi-million-pound contract to improve social homes across the North East of England will be delivered by a new strategic partnership that has been created to maximise its impact on the region.  

believe housing will make significant internal and external improvements to around 5,600 of its homes over the next four years, in a contract worth up to £62.4m (gross). 

To deliver the works, starting this month (April 2024), five North East organisations have established the be:ONE strategic partnership.  

Led by believe housing, the partnership includes Buston & Maughan Group, RE:GEN Group, Sendrig Construction Limited and Sunter Limited. 

Thanks to the long-term contract and this new collaborative approach, instead of competing the businesses will work together to achieve significant savings, improve customer experience, and maximise the impact of social value in communities.

There is a strong focus on supporting the local economy and employment, with a commitment to create new jobs and apprenticeships and allowing business growth.

And they aim to cut carbon emissions, reduce waste, and increase recycling. 

Ruth Dent, Director of Assets and Compliance at believe housing, said: “We’re passionate about providing healthy homes that are fit for the future and, while this investment will improve the homes of thousands of our customers, we want its impact to go much further. 

“All too often in the sector, contractors are not given the visibility they need to be able to upskill and invest. We want to change this, and by doing so we can all achieve more.  

“At believe housing we are proud to have had real successes by taking a more collaborative approach and by being open and transparent with our partners. 

“This new be:ONE partnership will continue this by bringing contractors together with a common goal. Working as one team we can exchange best practices, streamline operations, drive performance and innovation, and amplify our social value offer.

“It will improve outcomes for customers, and help the businesses to support one another’s growth and, ultimately, support the north east housing and construction sector.   

“We’re desperately keen to make sure the pounds we spend stay local, so the people who live and work in our homes and communities feel the full benefit of believe housing’s investment.” 

RE:GEN North East Managing Director, Jonathan Horner, said: “This partnership perfectly aligns with our ethos of working smarter together, to effect real change in the world. Together, we will enhance the lives of believe housing customers and the communities we work in. We look forward to building on our already fantastic relationship with the whole believe housing team.”

Procurement consultancy Prosper, which specialises in the delivery of bespoke end-to-end procurement solutions, facilitated the unique partnership. 

Rod Brasington, CEO of Prosper, said: “Our team of procurement experts worked with believe housing to understand their desired objectives and outcomes and then facilitated the formation of the new partnership through our contractor framework – providing them with a compliant, cost-efficient and effective procurement solution. 

“We were able to bring all three delivery partners to the partnership who, despite offering similar services, have come together to share a common goal and purpose of helping our client to achieve their goals and desired outcomes for their residents.”