Following a tender procurement exercise for the replacement of its current fleet, Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) has awarded the five-year contract to Northampton-based contract hire and fleet management company, Specialist Fleet Services (SFS). SFS was already the incumbent supplier having just completed a four-year contract for NPH.
NPH is an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) that manages Northampton Borough Council’s housing services, including repairs and maintenance, tenancy support, allocations and lettings.
As part of the tender specification NPH required bidding parties to include the utilisation of existing vehicle racking systems, from System Edström, within the new fleet.
Lee Burdett, Property Maintenance Manager, Northampton Partnership Homes, said: “We invested in really good quality vehicle racking as part of our previous vehicle procurement and it has really paid off. The equipment is still in excellent condition and has been successfully retrofitted into the new vehicles, saving us a considerable amount of money.
“We are pleased to be working with SFS again. They’re a local company who provide a good service. We also have the added benefits of a dedicated contract manager,,as well as access to their Fleetwave management software system to allow for automated scheduling servicing and inspections of our fleet."
NPH has purchased 52 new vehicles, mostly new model Citroen Despatch vans and Fuso Canter caged tippers, to service over 11800 properties, which it manages on behalf of Northampton Borough Council.
SFS has been delivering contract hire, fleet and workshop management solutions to the public and private sector since 1992. With a network of workshops and its own municipal vehicle hire division (CTS), SFS can provide the full range of vehicle and plant solutions from short-term vehicle hire to meeting the most complex fleet requirements.
Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS said: “We have a long-standing relationship with NPH and we are pleased to have been successful in retaining them as a customer following the tender process.”
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