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Social housing deal divided between six

CONTRACTS - ENGLAND

SIX CONTRACTORS have bagged slots on a social housing framework deal to share £140 million-worth of work over four years across central England for Jephson Housing Association.

The companies are national firm Wates; Durkan, which carries out most of its work in the south-east; Bullock; Gloucesterbased EG Carter; Halifax outfit Southdale; and McCann from Milton Keynes.

Durkan managing director Robert Clark said: 'Jephson has sat down and assessed all the work it is doing over the next four years. This framework is to achieve OJEC compliance so that Jephson does not have to put all schemes worth £3.5 million out to tender.'

Procurement for the framework started last autumn with prequalification questionnaires followed by official submissions to Jephson's tender documents.

Final interviews with the contractors chasing a place on the framework took place in February.

The work includes the construction and refurbishment of 2,000 homes across a large area from Milton Keynes to Coventry, south Warwickshire and up to Yorkshire.

Jephson's activities also cover the Cotswolds, Wiltshire, West Berkshire, the Vale of White Horse, Shropshire, Cheshire and Gloucestershire.

The first meeting between the six contractors and Jephson to discuss how the work is shared out is set for May 26.

Mr Clark said: 'I suspect they chose contractors not just for their pedigree and the other requirements that Jephson wants but also because of where they are based, as Jephson covers such a wide area.' Several of the six contractors on the framework are likely to face off against each other for the right to win each deal, which will comprise about 20 homes.

A second framework deal to build new homes in central England for another housing association is also up for grabs.

Firms have until May 29 to register interest in the £180 million, four-year scheme, which will cover the east Midlands, Warwickshire and Cambridgeshire for the Nottingham Community Housing Association.