Optivo has awarded a £120m contract to Engie to deliver “vital” fire remediation works across an undisclosed number of its buildings.
Optivo’s remediation work will include replacing combustible materials on external wall systems (picture: Getty)
The 45,000-home landlord has handed out the three-year contract to bring its non-compliant stock in line with current and proposed building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The work will include replacing combustible materials on external wall systems, including cavity barriers, and removing and replacing any non-compliant spandrel panels and balconies, Engie said.
Optivo has 102 blocks that are taller than 18m or that have six or more storeys, as well as 3,367 lower-rise blocks, according to figures it shared last year. However, the landlord did not disclose how many buildings the Engie contract covers.
The work, which is due to start this summer, is across London, the South East, the East Midlands and the West Midlands.
The contract runs for an initial three years, with the option for Optivo to extend it for a further four years, a spokesperson for the association said.
Heather Langridge, director of asset compliance at Optivo, said the group is “continuing to do everything we can to comply with all the government guidance and regulations to ensure all our buildings meet the required standards”.
She added: “We welcome this partnership which means we can now start to deliver these vital fire remediation works.”
Optivo has been hit by fire safety costs and reported a sharp drop in surplus in its last full year. It is among a number of G15 landlords that have been affected by substantial costs from fixing fire safety defects in their buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Writing in Social Housing last year, Optivo’s chief executive Paul Hackett said that the association had budgeted £80m on fire safety costs over the next six years.
The landlord said previously that it spent £7.8m on fire risk assessments and follow-up actions in its last full year.
Separately, Optivo is currently on the hunt for a contractor to carry out ‘passive’ fire remedial works identified by fire safety risk assessments.
The £2.4m contract includes “repairs, new installations and upgrades of compartmentation, fire stopping, fire doors, door closers, investigative/intrusive surveys and other building-related works identified by fire risk assessments”, according to the contract notice.