Social housing consortium, JV North, has appointed a range of SME builders to provide homes as part of a £180 million framework.
For the first time JV North has opened its four-year framework to local companies for schemes valued under £1 million.
Work for the chosen 26 SME builders is divided into six areas: new build, refurbishment, modular build, disabled adaptations, supported housing and fire safety.
They will deliver building contracts relating to the construction of housing for sale, intermediate and social housing, refurbishments, adaptations and assist in the delivery of projects on time and to budget.
JV North members will tender to the successful applicants when they have contracts.
Sean Stafford, who is Director of Saffer Cooper, which manages JV North’s development programme, said: “JV North has a long track record of investing in its local communities and giving SME businesses this opportunity is the latest example.
“The consortium decided to divide the framework in two so bigger contractors and consultants could apply for works £1m and over and for the first time, SMEs could tender for work under £1m.
“We know a lot of smaller contractors deliver excellent work and wanted to tap into it because local communities, businesses and economies benefit as well as residents who will see a wide choice of high quality homes.
“As well as nine full members, JV North has 11 associate members and a procurement member so they too can call the SMEs off the framework.”
JV North will build over 3,000 new homes for rent and ownership by 2021 under the Government’s Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme.
It is anticipated that approximately 2,000 of these properties will be delivered through the framework.
JV North members are investing £384.5 million of their own funds with close to £100m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.
SMEs can apply to join JV North’s framework at any time throughout its four-year framework until 2021 using the Dynamic Purchasing System: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/jvnorth