Wates partnership crucial for Shelforce

A partnership with construction giant Wates has been described as “crucial” by the Business Manager of Birmingham window and door manufacturer Shelforce.

Shelforce has been in partnership with Wates Living Space for five years and as part of its supply chain provides windows and doors to local authority building projects for Birmingham City Council.

Shelforce is dedicated to supporting and recruiting people with disabilities looking to enter employment, with 75% of its workforce disabled. The company also links-up with local special schools and colleges to offer training to equip young people with disabilities with the skills and confidence for employment.

Andy Brown, Operations Manager of Wates, explained: “Diversity and inclusion is huge for Wates family and Shelforce’s approach and commitment to delivering real change for people and communities are values that line up with our own.

“Of course, it’s not just Shelforce’s dedication to inclusivity in the workplace that sets them apart, it’s the huge experience they have when it comes to Local Authority projects and the quality of products they provide.”

Supporting the city

As one of the UK’s leading providers of planned and responsive maintenance services in the social housing sector, in April 2016 Wates Living Space pledged to spend £20m with the social enterprise sector and as part of the contract Birmingham City Council vowed to develop a supply chain of local social enterprises to help support the needs of people across the city.

Some of the high-profile projects Shelforce has worked on with Wates since then include a major internal and external refurbishment of a 20-storey tower block in Aston, Birmingham, to help homeless families, and the transformation of retirement housing high rise Adelaide Tower.

Andy said: “We have partnered with Shelforce on some fantastic projects over the last five years that have made a real difference to the community. They provide an excellent service for us delivering their windows and doors in line with our programme milestones and are a trusted partner.”

Keeping residents safe

The launch of Shelforce’s Fireshel 30-minure fire resistant door last year, has also been a game changer for Wates.

As part of Birmingham City Council’s to deliver its flagship responsive repairs and maintenance programme across the city, Wates turned to Shelforce and the Fireshel, ordering 210 for three blocks of flats to support retirement and sheltered housing.

Following that success, Wates ordered a further 486 doors for installation across a number of high-rise projects for Birmingham City Council and Andy added: “Shelforce delivered an excellent service with their Fireshel doors from start to finish on our last projects. and we are continuing the support with orders set for the next three years as we roll out a wider flat entrance door replacement programme.”

The Fireshel is the perfect solution for local authorities who need fully EN tested 3rd Party Accredited, replacement Fire Door sets, that are compliant with the latest 2020 MHCLG Annex A recommendations. All Fireshel fire doors have been fire and smoke tested from both the inside and outside and PAS 024 Security tested.

Howard Trotter, Shelforce’s Business Manager, said: “Our Fireshel system has been designed and tested to meet the highest standards to ensure that it exceeds current safety regulations, giving

local authorities’ peace of mind when specifying a fire door solution that their tenants are living in a safe and secure environment.”

A valued partnership

Howard Trotter, Shelforce’s Business Manager, said: “We have a valued partnership with Wates which is crucial in enabling us to provide sustainable employment and training opportunities for those with disabilities and we have worked closely with them to develop an arrangement that delivers commercially for both organisations and social outcomes for Birmingham.

“To have spent £20m with social enterprises is absolutely fantastic and we have built up a lasting relationship with Wates.

“We understand the challenges Local Authorities face and what is important for both them and their tenants; they are under pressure to complete maintenance and refurbishment programmes on time and within budget and our flexibility and quick lead times are why we are such an attractive proposition.”

From high rises and new builds to schools and colleges, Shelforce has experience with all types of social housing refurbishment and maintenance. To find out more about how a partnership with Shelforce would boost your local authority building project, call Shelforce on 0121 603 5262 or visit www.shelforce.com.