MKM secures multi-million deal to help maintain social housing

MKM Building Supplies is to provide building materials to maintain Hull’s entire social housing stock after landing a three-year, multi-million pound contract.

The company, based on Stoneferry in the east of the city, has been appointed as sole supplier to Kingstown Works Ltd (KWL), which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Hull City Council’s housing stock and other private sites.

The contract, which is worth around £2.6m each year, will see MKM recruit two or three apprentices at its Hull headquarters to work exclusively on the deal. The contract is extendable by one year based on performance and starts next week.

Kevin Redmore, business leader at Kingwood-based KWL, said appointing a local supplier was excellent news for both companies as well as for the wider city region. Previously the firm had worked with two suppliers to provide building materials but identifying a single supplier enabled it to reduce costs. He added: “The tender was biased heavily towards innovation in terms of operational processes, support and the way the financials are structured; MKM Building Supplies measured up in all aspects.

“We are confident working closely with the company will assist us in delivering our services within the cost base and time scales agreed with our customers, whilst benefitting from the coherent and efficient service a single supplier is able provide.”

Daren Hale, chairman of KWL, said: “Working with local companies is something we are always very keen to do. It means we’re not only helping to keep roofs over people’s heads in Hull, we are benefitting the city’s wider economy also.”

KWL currently maintains around 25,000 social houses and a further 1,000 houses on private sites.