Firm wins £1.3m contract for work in Rowner scheme

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WORKERS at a firm in Gosport are celebrating after winning a £1.3m contract to work on the Rowner Renewal scheme.

Gosport Dry Linings has been handed the contract by Taylor Wimpey, the developer behind the multi-million pound regeneration project.

BIG DEAL Phil Reeves, left, and Marc Bird of Gosport Dry Linings celebrate after the firm clinched the contract for work on the Rowner tower block as part of the Rowner Renewal Scheme. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133100-2)

BIG DEAL Phil Reeves, left, and Marc Bird of Gosport Dry Linings celebrate after the firm clinched the contract for work on the Rowner tower block as part of the Rowner Renewal Scheme. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133100-2)

The 29-year-old firm, based in Heritage Business Park, in Heritage Way, Gosport, is owned by Phil Reeves.

He told The News the 12-month contract means he can keep around 15 to 20 tradesmen in work.

He said: ‘It’s in excess of a million, which is a big job for us – it’s a good win.

‘This is the biggest contract we’ve won by far.

‘It’s the tower in Gosport –it’s a big job.

‘The company that was building it last year went into liquidation and it’s been sat there for eight months.

‘It’s a really big contract for Gosport.

‘We’ve got mainly Gosport labour, some Stubbington and Fareham labour – it’s all local stuff.’

As previously reported, contractor Opco went bust in June.

Taylor Wimpey, part of the consortium behind the scheme, took over sorting out the contracting work.

Mr Reeves’ firm has previously worked on the dry lining and plastering at Gunwharf Quays.

Now his firm will do the same for the tower block and the homes in phase two of the Rowner renewal scheme.

Gosport Dry Linings will hire subcontractors to carry out the work on the homes.

Dan Castle is a technical director at Taylor Wimpey.

He said: ‘We appointed them on a commercial basis but did a full tender of the scheme.

‘As a consortium we’re all happy with this as it promotes what we intended, jobs for locals, the regeneration.

‘It was part of our consideration but they should win it on price as well. It is a local job for them.’

Mr Reeves added his firm is also hoping to carry out work at the Daedalus enterprise zone in Lee-on-the-Solent.

As reported in The News, the number of homes on the estate has been cut from 700 to 620 but planners aim to keep 259 affordable homes.

The project partnership is made up of Gosport’s council, Hampshire County Council, First Wessex, Taylor Wimpey and the Homes and Communities Agency.