Great Places launches pan-Northern £750m construction framework

A housing group is inviting bids for its newly launched pan-Northern procurement framework.

Great Places Housing Group’s £750 million Innovation Chain North (ICN) construction framework is open to organisations interested in supplying construction works, modular supply, and related consultancy services to housing clients across the North of England.

This new framework represents an extended version of the previous Innovation Chain North West. Potential clients include both registered social housing providers or local authorities with the framework lasting four year from 2020 to 2024.

ICN separates newbuild construction works by geography and scale of development and captures new homes and social infrastructure, Great Places says. Modular housing delivery is also sought along with principal contractors and groundwork contractors in support of this approach.

Consultancy services are being sought, including employer’s agent, architecture, principal designer, planning consultant, purchaser’s agent, engineering, site investigation services, building surveying and clerk of works.

“Great Places alone has an ambition to deliver 11,000 new homes by 2028 and we can only achieve this with the support of a range of contractors and consultancy practices,” said Helen Spencer, Great Places Housing Group’s director of development.

“With this in mind, we have designed this framework to enable delivery through traditional contracting, a range of modular supplier routes and with the support of a wide range of Consultancy services.

“The framework is in its third renewal and to date has seen delivery of more than 4,000 homes and spend of over £400 million.

“The new framework has been scoped taking on board feedback from clients and existing suppliers. It will extend its geography to cover the whole of the North and its services to include new lots to support the ambition of our partners in the North.”

Organisations can apply by visiting and completing a supplier questionnaire to provide information about track record, financial credentials and technical capacity. This is followed by more detailed questions about the specific offer of the applicant and some insight on their costs and fees.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2020.



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