Bidding has started for a £1.4bn framework to build thousands of prefabricated homes across huge swathes of Britain.
The Central Housing Investment Consortium is seeking partners to assemble and construct housing units on sites across the East and West Midlands, Wales, the South-west and the South-east.
The framework is aimed at firms that manufacture modular units, and the successful bidders are expected to be announced by mid-May.
The consortium – a group of more than 40 social housing providers – told Construction News the framework could last for up to 15 years.
Its members, which include Friendship and Care Housing, Fortis Living and Longhurst & Havelok Homes, collectively manage more than 500,000 homes.
The framework will be split into two lots, one covering the East and West Midlands and the South-west and South-east, and the second covering mainly Wales.
Housing agencies Procure Pro and Efficiency North, which are members of the Re:allies housing consortium alongside HIC, will also have access to suppliers under the deal.
The offsite framework will be the CHIC’s second-biggest construction panel.
It is also overseeing a £4bn four-year new-build framework run in conjunction with Efficiency East Midlands, which includes major housebuilders such as Keepmoat, Lovell, Seddon and United Living.
Last week the government announced further support for offsite construction of houses as part of its long-awaited housing white paper.
The government revealed that it was looking to use funds from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Home Building Fund to support the growth of modular construction, particularly by small and medium-sized housebuilders.