Council pick bidder for new project

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A MULTI-MILLION pound project to modernise sheltered accommodation in the borough has passed a key milestone.

North Tyneside Council last week chose a preferred bidder to deliver its Quality Homes for Older People project.

The company will carry out the refurbishment and construction work, as well as be responsible for the cleaning, repair and maintenance of the buildings.

The local authority will now seek for a sign-off its decision by the Homes and Community Agency, expected in late January 2013.

And until this happens, the council is unable to say which of the two bidders, Solutions for North Tyneside or Tynecare, has been selected.

North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley said: “This is important news for tenants.

“Following an in-depth evaluation, we have chosen a preferred company to transform our sheltered accommodation. Until our decision receives government sign-off we are unable to announce which company was successful.

“I can reassure our tenants that both tenders were of an extremely high standard and that either would deliver the top quality, modern apartments that meet their needs.”

The council has received provisional confirmation of more than £100m in PFI funding towards the project that will see ten new sheltered housing schemes being built and 16 sheltered housing schemes refurbished.

At least 900 apartments will be delivered as a result of the initiative that is designed to provide a secure living environment that enables residents to continue to live independently in the community.

Subject to the necessary approvals, it is anticipated work will start on site in September 2013.