+AddJust, a specialist housing and asset management software company based in the West of Ireland, has won a 10-year contract worth around £4 million from the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Housing via its Local Government Management Agency partner.
Spanning over 150,000 properties, +AddJust is providing a fully-digital asset management system for housing to all of the 31 local authorities across the Republic of Ireland. Six months after the award of the contract, four local authorities are already live on +AddJust’s system.
Padraig Neylon, CEO, +AddJust, said, “Our solution has been developed in conjunction with a variety of stakeholders and has been built entirely from the ground up. We’ve focused on a way to ensure that the data on each component within a property is kept ‘live’ throughout every interaction with that component, whether via a survey, maintenance call, retrofit project or ad-hoc property visit.”
The massive scale of the project being undertaken by LGMA & +AddJust will result in 150,000 properties sharing a central cloud-based asset management platform operated by each of the 31 local authorities. Furthermore, +AddJust’s system will give the Department of Housing instant reporting on the housing performance of all local authorities across the Republic of Ireland.
Suzanne McDermott, project leader, Local Government Management Agency, said, “One of our objectives is to create a national approach to housing maintenance, rental standards, stock-condition surveys, document management, procurement, payments and contract delivery.”
Joe Neylon, head of business development, +AddJust, said, “This is a very significant project, not only for us as a company but also in a national context. Delivery of this asset management system is a key part of the Irish government’s ‘Housing for All’ programme and the onus is on us and the LGMA to ensure that there is a high level of adoption early on. So far, it has been excellently received by users.”
As well as the core asset management software, the project scope also included the delivery of a mobile app for stock-condition surveys.
Neylon said, “Our stock-condition app is available on all mobile devices and is a far cry from the spreadsheets and manual documents traditionally used for surveys. Our target is that every surveyor will have completed their survey of an average house within 50 minutes. With our app, there’s no need to go back to the office to edit or modify the data; our system syncs the data to the digital asset register automatically and works brilliantly offline.”