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Kier and Wates among firms picked for £180m housing deal

Twelve contractors including Galliford Try, Kier Living and Wates Construction have won places on a £180m housing framework.

JV North, which represents 11 social housing members across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Nottingham and Preston, appointed the dozen firms to build projects worth £1m or more (see box below).

The housing consortium plans to deliver 2,000 homes for rent and ownership through the four-year framework, which starts this month.

JV North: Contractors

  • Anwyl Construction
  • Bardsley Construction
  • Casey Construction
  • Galliford Try
  • Kier Living
  • Mears Living
  • Rowlinson Construction
  • Seddon Construction
  • Termrim Construction
  • United Living
  • Wates Construction
  • Willmott Dixon Partnerships


Members of the consortium include Eastlands Homes, One Vision Housing and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. Collectively, the 11 members manage more than 73,000 homes across the North-west and the Midlands.

A second stage of the framework for work valued below £1m will be launched later this month.

JV North also picked eight architects and four principal designers (see box).

Sean Stafford - director at Saffer Cooper, which manages JV North’s development programme - revealed that 30 contractors and 89 consultants had applied for spots on the framework, which was launched in March this year.

“We are delighted with the quality of the businesses selected for what will be a very busy period as we build thousands of much needed homes over the coming years,” he said.

“Housing association members are already well underway with their home building plans and will be calling off the framework immediately.”

Overall, JV North plans to inest £333.5m in new homes, with the consortium providing £248.2m and a HCA grant providing the remaining £87.3m.

JV North: Architects and principal designers

Eight architects have been chosen for the framework:

  • AEW Architects
  • Arcus Consulting
  • Bernard Taylor Partnerships
  • BYA 
  • Halsall Lloyd Partnership
  • John McCall
  • MDA Architects
  • Paddock Johnson Partnership

JV North has also appointed four principal designers:

  • Derek Evans Partnership
  • John McCall
  • Nicol Thomas
  • WYG

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