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Photo credit – Warren Page. (l-r) Keith Buet (Group Operations Director Vertas), Bill Smythe (General Manager Skanska), Chris Stokes (Technical Services Supervisor Skanska), Neil Black (Regional Head of Operations Vertas) at Woodlands School, Basildon

Vertas cleans up with £2.9m Skanska deal

Vertas Group has agreed a contract to deliver an integrated soft facilities management services solution to five Essex schools built and operated by Skanska, until 31 December 2021.

The contract will see Vertas providing Woodlands School, Castle View School, Cornelius Vermuyden School, Columbus School and College with cleaning, grounds maintenance, recycling and waste management, pest prevention, specialist kitchen cleaning and window cleaning services.

The five schools provide education for a total of 2,240 students. As part of the new service Vertas will run waste management, segregation and recycling sessions for staff and students to help them reduce their environmental impact. This will be supported with the installation of new waste segregation recycling bins throughout the sites.

Commenting on the contract award, Ian Surtees, Chief Executive Officer at Vertas Group Limited, said: “Skanska share our priorities of putting staff safety, health and wellbeing first. Skanska is also a company passionate about the environment and sustainability which sits perfectly with Vertas brand values.

“This is the first new contract to include our very recently acquired business – Vertas Environmental – as a service. Since 2016 the cooking oil from the 400 schools we cater for has been converted to biodiesel. With waste management and recycling now part of the Vertas proposition we will use this biodiesel to power our grounds maintenance equipment such as lawnmowers and hedge trimmers across these five Essex schools.

“We welcome Skanska as a new client and very much look forward to looking after these five schools, allowing teachers and school staff to focus on education and pastoral care, while we support Skanska in providing exceptional learning spaces.”

The contract will commence on 1 April 2018.

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