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Great Places Housing Group fires starting gun on £500m social housing framework

Housing association Great Places Housing Group has set out plans for a £500m framework stretching across the North of England.

The framework, which is divided across 14 different lots, will include the design, construction, completion and commissioning of new-build mixed-tenure housing developments, as well as related social infrastructure schemes.

Great Places Housing Group, based in Manchester, will roll out the framework primarily across the North-west of England, on behalf of 17 different housing associations across the region.

There will be different lots covering Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Cheshire, Derbyshire West and Staffordshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, and South Yorkshire and Derbyshire East (see full list below).

Great Places delivered 750 homes during the 2014/15 financial year.

Lots on the framework range from £50m to £250m, while separate professional services lots, including a £1m building surveying lot and a £8.5m achitectural services lot, will be included in the framework.

The client expects to appoint eight contractors for the largest lot, valued at £250m, which includes construction work across the North-west for schemes worth more than £4m.

For this lot, applicants will be expected to have a minimum turnover level of £10m, while for medium value lots (projects between £1.5m and £4m), winning contractors will need a turnover of at least £5m. For the smallest lots, covering projects below £1.5m, applicants will need to show a minimum turnover of £1.5m.

In total, the framework is expected to last for four years.

North-west social housing framework

Lot 1: Greater Manchester and Merseyside construction work - works up to £1.5m. Total value - £50m.
Lot 2: Cheshire, Derbyshire West and Staffordshire construction work - works up to £1.5m. Total value - £50m.
Lot 3: Lancashire and Cumbria construction work - works up to £1.5m. Total value - £50m.
Lot 4: South Yorkshire and Derbyshire construction work - works up to £1.5m. Total value - £50m.
Lot 5: Greater Manchesrter, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Derbyshire West and Cumbria construction work - works between £1.5m and £4m. Total value: £175m.
Lot 6: South Yorkshire and Derbyshire - works between £1.5m and £4m. Total value: £175m.
Lot 7: Cost consultancy. Total value: £8m.
Lot 8: Engineering consultancy. Total value: £4m.
Lot 9: Building surveying. Total value: £1m
Lot 10: Architectural services. Total value: £8.5m
Lot 11: Clerk of works. Total value: £4m.
Lot 12: Purchaser agent. Total value: £4m.
Lot 13: Principal designer. Total value: £5m.
Lot 14: North-west construction work - works £4m or more. Total value: £250m.

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