Moves are afoot to recruit 30 contractors to a new construction framework for the delivery of social housing across the north of England.
Re:allies, a strategic collaboration of housing consortia – Procure Plus, Efficiency North and Central Housing Investment Consortium – officially launched the New Build Framework yesterday. It consists of four lots of projects in the North West, Yorkshire and Humber regions, with works totalling more than £836 million.
Firms that make it onto the framework in the North West will be supported by Procure Plus, while firms in Yorkshire and Humber will be assisted by Sheffield-based Efficiency North.
“The New Build framework offers an incredible opportunity for contractors to play their part in alleviating the housing crisis and help regenerate local communities across the North of England,” said Clare Tetlow, senior procurement manager on behalf of Re:allies.
The organsiation is seeking 30 contractors to complete the first £50 million lot, which consists of multiple schemes solely in the North West, up to the value of £2 million each. For the second, valued at £62 million, firms are needed to work in Yorkshire and Humber.
The consortium is also searching for 30 partners for a third £394 million lot of larger developments and 10 for a £330 million lot, both for projects across the two regions.
A single-stage procurement process is being used by Re:allies, with just one questionnaire for contractors to complete, instead of a traditional Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. This method “streamlines” the tender stage and ensures the most appropriate contractors are chosen for the work in question.
“By opening up the bidding to as many firms as possible, we can ensure we find the best partners for the needs of each project, which will not only deliver value for money, but will also make sure we provide the highest quality homes for local communities in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber,” Tetlow added.
A bidders’ day, which provides a chance to meet the Re:allies team, will be hosted on the 14th September 2015 in central Manchester to give prospective contractors an opportunity to learn more about the framework and how they can best meet the tender criteria.