A new partnership with Wakefield and District Housing is designed to ‘deliver highly-efficient service’
(Above: l-r WDH chief executive Kevin Dodd, local authority representative Wilby Meadows and WDH director of operations Steve Rawson);
In a deal worth around £6m a year for up to five years, Wolseley are to supply Wakefield and District Housing with all their construction and maintenance materials.
Wolseley will supply all materials from two bespoke stores located strategically in the district. These will operate like conventional builders merchants but with WDH as sole client.
WDH will also benefit from consolidated invoicing, the availability of hand-held technology for their employees to record their orders, and Wolseley will manage and audit the stock on the operatives’ vans.
WDH was created in 2005, when it became the largest single stock transfer organisation, with responsibility for 31,500 homes. It will be guided by Wolseley in how to achieve the latest guidelines on sustainability through a wide range of energy-efficient products and renewable technologies.
WDH tenants will be eligible for a discount card at Wolseley’s major merchant brands, including Plumb Center and Build Center.
Wilby Meadows, sector director – local authority for Wolseley UK said that the result of the partnership would be “a streamlined, highly-efficient service, enabling more money to be spent on housing and less on administration”.