Construction group Willmott Dixon has won a £148 million contract to carry out repairs and maintenance on more than 23,000 city council houses.

The group, whose Midlands headquarters is in Coleshill, said it expected to recruit nearly 100 apprentices from the city following the award of the deal.

The work will cover 23,136 homes in Edgbaston, Selly Oak and Northfield over the next four years.

The contract is worth £37 million per year and sees the company continue its long-term presence in the city where it has been carrying out repairs to much of Birmingham's housing stock since 2008.

Contracts to the cover the north, and west, central and east areas of Birmingham have also been awarded to Keepmoat and Wates Living Space Maintenance respectively.

This new arrangement will see Willmott Dixon work across the south of the city to deliver a host of services to council-owned homes alongside responsive repairs and maintenance, with gas servicing, voids and capital improvement work programmes also included.

It comes as the group was under fire this week for delays in its work to building a pair of new custody suites for West Midlands Police, landing it with fines in the region of £1 million.

Mick Williamson, managing director of the company's repair arm Willmott Dixon Partnerships, said: "We're proud of the huge legacy we created over the past eight years and look forward to playing a major role over the next eight in supporting the city's growth by up-skilling many hundreds of people and creating new jobs."