EN:Procure appoints contractors to new framework

EN:Procure, the procurement arm of regional social housing consortium Efficiency North, has awarded contracts on over 50 lots on its new EN:Procure Framework

EN:Procure, the procurement arm of regional social housing consortium Efficiency North, has awarded contracts to 37 contractors over 50 lots on its new EN:Procure Framework for installation, servicing, maintenance and repair works.

With an anticipated pipeline of £650m over its 4-year lifetime, the more efficient and flexible framework will offer a leading-edge supply chain for a wide range of housing installation, servicing, maintenance and repair works for Efficiency North’s social housing landlord members. Efficiency North is growing its social housing landlord membership across the whole of the North of England.

The lots for schemes under £1m provide opportunities for smaller and medium-sized local firms and has been flexibly structured to increase the number of opportunities available regardless of contractors’ size or location. 86% of those appointed are SMEs with approximately half of these being locally based who’ve won the chance to work on social housing construction projects in their own neighbourhoods.

The new framework is predominantly for social housing across the North, with lots for the North West and the East Midlands, but may extend to other public buildings such as schools and offices and other areas of the UK.

The new framework will build on the success of EN:Procure’s previous installation, repairs and maintenance frameworks, which, between 2016-2021, helped members procure and deliver various elemental replacement works for local communities with an overall underlying contract value in excess of £200m.

It will also be instrumental in continuing the success of Efficiency North’s strategy to support social mobility in the communities of member landlords by boosting local training and employment opportunities. Training delivery is written into the contract, with a minimum of 1 training opportunity to be provided by the contractor for every £1m works value. Training and employment opportunities will be targeted to maximize their positive impact in housing providers’ communities.

Emma Mottram, EN:Procure head of operations, commented; “I’m very pleased that the framework has achieved such an excellent offer.  With this diverse range of small and large contractors operating across Northern England, it will provide an intelligent procurement solution with maximum flexibility via the range of contract options and processes. We very much look forward to working with our landlord membership and the appointed contractors to deliver an excellent standard of works through the framework to help members maintain high quality homes for their tenants throughout the North and Midlands.”

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