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Trio win places on East London housing framework worth £348m

Three firms are set to share £348 million of housing repair and maintenance work in East London as partners on Hackney Homes’ four-year Procurement 2010 framework.

It is understood that Mulalley and Balfour Beatty subsidiary Mansell - two of the four firms on the current Hackney Homes framework - have secured their places on its successor.

Lakehouse is the other contractor thought to be joining the incumbents to carry out Decent Homes and renewal work across more than 30,000 homes.

Hackney Homes - Hackney Council’s arm’s length management company - chose the final three from six firms invited to submit bids in the final stage of a competitive dialogue process.

The other three firms in the running were Wates, Apollo and Morgan Sindall’s specialist housing division Lovell Partnership - another of the incumbents.

It is understood that Hackney Homes wants to start work as soon as August, but contract awards are still subject to leaseholder approval.

Hackney Homes will now have to issue Section 20 notices, which entitle the council to charge the leaseholders for their share of essential renovation costs to the buildings.

In addition to Phase III of the London Borough of Hackney’s Decent Homes programme, Procurement 2010 covers major renewal works on 31,525 council owned dwellings.

The Decent Homes work is valued at £180m, while planned maintenance and capital works are valued at £80m and £88m respectively.

Hackney Homes intends to divide the work equally among the three contractors. In addition to external and
internal works to improve dwellings to the Decent Homes standards, the framework partners will have to carry out
planned maintenance including renewals, electrical works and mechanical works.

The scope of works includes installation or replacement of CCTV cameras, replacement of estate roads and footpaths, lift installation, installation and renewal of communal TV aerial systems, and installation or
replacement of both communal and individual heating systems.

Last September a shortlist of 10 firms, which also featured Higgins, Breyer, Mears and Morrison Facilities Services, was drawn up after nearly 30 firms submitted prequalification questionnaires.