City Building wins up-to-£2m kitchen unit contract
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:14
City Building kitchens are manufactured at RSBi, one of Europe’s largest supported employment facilities.
One of Scotland's largest construction firms has secured a three-year contract worth up to £2m to supply kitchen units and worktops for installation across East Ayrshire Council's housing stock.
City Building will supply a range of four types of kitchen units and worktops made at its supported manufacturing facility - Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi).
The three-year contract - won on competitive tender - started on 25 November and will see up to 1000 kitchen units per year supplied for installation by East Ayrshire Council's Housing Asset Services or its installation contractor.
Key to the contract win was RSBi's recent successful bid to secure FIRA Gold certification, in recognition of its high quality products and professional craftsmanship.
The independent FIRA Gold certification scheme is a quality certification mark for a product or its installation within the furniture and kitchen industries.
John Foley, managing director of City Building, said: "We're delighted with this contract win which is one of many other business gains. RSBi produces furniture and construction products to high standards, while giving genuine and lasting employment opportunities to local people, including those with disabilities.
"We look forward to working in partnership with East Ayrshire Council on this important project."
Chris McAleavey, head of housing services from East Ayrshire Council said: "We are confident that the finished product will match our high expectations. RSBi is well known for its high quality products and unique social ethos."
In separate news, City Building has been appointed to East Ayrshire Council's kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring installation framework for the next two years.
RSBi is now one of Europe's largest supported employment facilities, employing 240 workers, of whom more than 50 per cent have a disability. Staff produce high quality furniture, timber kits for new construction projects and bespoke office solutions to exacting customer standards.
RSBi works closely with a range of organisations including Glasgow's Helping Heroes, and also employs a number of disabled ex-servicemen at its facility in Glasgow. RSBi has had a presence in Glasgow for more than 200 years.