A GROUND breaking initiative has been launched by the Chester & District Housing Trust (CDHT) to further improve repairs and maintenance of its properties.
The CDHT has opened onsite partnership stores at TrustWorks, its repairs and maintenance site based at Octavian Centre, off Sealand Road in Chester.
The new stores will serve TrustWorks’ plumbers, joiners, builders and maintenance technicians through a partnership agreement with Buildbase.
This is a ground breaking dedicated store within the UK housing sector in terms of its size and the level of partnership co-operation needed.
Buildbase is one of the UK’s fastest growing builders’ merchants and the agreement means Buildbase will manage a dedicated onsite stores for CDHT. Previously, TrustWorks’ repairs and maintenance personnel were using various local suppliers for the materials they needed.
The new facilities involve dedicated stores personnel, a bespoke trade counter, specialised storage racking and state-of-the-art retail and card technology.
Hundreds of product lines from aggregates to wire balloons and zinc screws will be kept in stock in the secure premises. The operation of the Buildbase managed stores at TrustWorks will save valuable time and money for CDHT.