A consortium of housing associations and local authorities from across the North-west have announced the launch of a new framework to support 4,000 new homes to be built across the region.
The consortium, JV North, includes Macclesfield-based Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, and Poynton-based Johnnie Johnson Housing, as well as Bury Council, Community Gateway, One Manchester, Plus Dane Housing, Sovini, Stockport Homes in partnership with Stockport Council, Torus, Trafford Housing Trust, Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. Collectively, the group manages over 125,000 homes in the region.
The £560 million ‘building back fairer’ framework is JV North’s fourth, and runs for the next four years until 2025.
The housing framework is now open to contractors and consultants to bid for places. In a drive to increase opportunities for SMEs, schemes valued up to £2 million will now be made available on the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) portal that simplifies the procurement process.
JV North is also seeking contractors to deliver offsite projects using modern methods of construction via the DPS and these works will be unlimited in contract value. Architects, employers agents, purchaser agents, principle designers, mechanical and electrical engineers, structural engineers, valuers, planning consultants and clerk of works are all being sought.
Sean Stafford, who is Director of Saffer Cooper which manages JV North’s development and framework programme, said:
Our previous three frameworks have seen excellent work carried out, helping members build the equivalent of three-and-a-half homes every working day.
“JV North is adopting the ‘building back fairer’ principle to this framework and all work it undertakes to help create more rounded communities. As such, we have made significant changes to ensure our actions match our words.
“Framework partners will be asked to help members address inequalities, poor health and unemployment by delivering social value in the schemes they are appointed to. As well as larger businesses, SMEs can apply for works in a simple manner via the DPS so JV North can further increase the investment it makes in local economies and communities.”
JV North Chairman and Chief Executive at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Wayne Gales, said:
It is vital we take a new approach to how we procure contractors and consultants. They are central to our homebuilding plans yet are and will be facing great pressure as a consequence of Covid-19. Our vision is to create genuine partnerships with them.
“We are not focusing purely on narrow economics, we are also looking at the added value provided that will help us deliver a connected masterplan to address housing, health and unemployment to reap build back fairer benefits. More than ever before in our lifetime, the coming post-Covid-19 years will need us to focus on investing in people too, not just buildings.”
JV North will hold engagement sessions with interested contractors and consultants on April 19 and the deadline to submit applications for bids on the new housing framework is May 11.