Monday, June 8, 2015

News: £360m of regional housing works awarded

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Efficiency North (EN) has awarded contracts to 57 contractors for a diverse range of internal and external works to social housing properties in the region.

The consortium leads on procurement for millions of pounds worth of construction services in the region. It is a collaboration of social housing providers who procure together in the construction markets in order to deliver sustainable savings and regeneration in the member's communities.

EN took space at Templeborough in Rotherham last year as it evolves into a new company format.

The EN Procure Installers framework has an estimated demand pipeline of £360m over its four year lifetime. Initially it will run alongside the EN Procure Elemental Works framework which expires in November 2015. Around 46% of contractors on the new framework were appointed to the previous framework.

The framework's flexible structure, divided both by scheme size and geographical location, has provided opportunities for construction companies of all sizes. 60% of those appointed are SMEs and 35% are locally based SMEs who have won the chance to work on social housing projects in their own neighbourhoods.

Work includes a wide range of works and services from kitchen and bathroom installation and heating and ventilation, to solar photovoltaic installations.

Training delivery is written into the contract, with one full time training opportunity to be provided by the contractor for every £500k works value. Training and employment opportunities will be targeted to maximize their positive impact in housing providers' communities. The target in Year 1 is to deliver 80 training opportunities across the region. Over 40 opportunities have already been identified in the framework pipeline.

Lee Parkinson, CEO of Efficiency North Limited, said: "I'm very pleased that the framework has achieved such an excellent offer, with a great mix of larger national players as well as smaller businesses able to deliver a wide range of works across Yorkshire and Humber.

"All the appointed contractors demonstrated not only improved certainty in costs and quality but also a real commitment and understanding of how they can contribute to the added value outcomes the framework aims to achieve to boost development of the region's future workforce. This model of framework is the next generation of intelligent procurement solutions that Efficiency North will offer to its members based upon a full suite of competitive rates for works moving away from mini-competitions to work allocation relative to contractor performance and capacity."

Efficiency North website

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