North-west social housing procurement consortium Procure Plus has named 34 contractors for its new build brokerage framework including Kier, Wates and Willmott Dixon.
The framework has been established to bring significant cost savings for Registered Providers on new build social housing projects.
The contractors appointed are (in alphabetical order):
BAAS Construction, Bardsley Construction, Bramall Construction, Bullock Construction, CSC Construction, DLP Services (Northern), Emanuel Whittaker, Eric Wright Construction.
Esh Property Services, F.T. Finley & Co, Fawley Construction, GB Building Solutions, Herbert T Forrest, Hughes Brothers, Jackson, Jackson & Sons, Kier Living, Lovell Partnerships, Manley Construction.
Mansell Construction Services, O’Hare & McGovern, PE Jones Contracts (Manchester), PLP Construction, Pochin Construction, R P Tyson Construction, Seddon Construction.
Southdale Limited, Strategic Team Group, Styles &Wood/Freemont Consortium, Termrim Construction, The Casey Group, Thomas Armstrong (Construction), Wates Living Space, Wiggett Construction and Willmott Dixon.
The brokerage model uses volume procurement and collaborative purchasing strategies to realise an average 25 per cent reduction in unit price.
Procure Plus chief executive Mike Brogan slammed the “ridiculous situation” occurring within the industry where contractors are regularly failing despite being owed often as much as twice what they owe creditors, in an exclusive interview with CN in February, calling on industry to back new procurement methods.
Procure Plus development executive Steve Brindle said: “As well as considering the cost saving element, when developing the model, we gave great thought to contractors and in particular, how we could make works more accessible for SMEs.
“By aggregating demand, we can help manage continuity and stability for contractors at all levels and sizes. For this reason, the model is a really attractive option for contractors.”
Commenting on its appointment to the programme, Noel Ruane from Freemont Limited said: “Knowing there’s stability in the volume of work will really benefit us and our staff too, and hopefully will enable us to employ more local tradesman on a permanent basis as projects get underway.”
Seddon Construction managing director Jonathan Seddon added: “While we already work with a number of housing providers in the region, the model will undoubtedly bring new benefits.
“In particular, as the consortium has a wide range of housing providers on its books, we will have the opportunity to demonstrate our services and approach to new customers, and hopefully secure new business in the process.”
The first lot is for between 1-8 residential units. Lot 2 is for schemes of between 9-15. Lot 3 covers schemes of between 16-24. Lot 4 is for between 25-45 units while Lot 5 covers anything above 45 residential units, while extra care homes, sheltered schemes, community centres, supported housing, and retirement villages will also be tendered via this lot where required.