Contractors on alert for £5.2bn housing framework

Posted on 19 May 2021

A mammoth £5.2bn residential development and construction framework covering the South of England has opened for tender.

The residential delivery and development framework is organised by Southern Construction Framework, a joint venture between Hampshire Council and Devon County Council. The framework is set to run for four years and will be available to all public bodies across the South.

The agreement has been broken down into four lots, two covering design-and-build contracts and two covering development deals. The design-and-build lots are split between schemes of 10-75 houses and schemes of more than 65 houses. The development lots are split on the same basis. SCF said it expects to appoint contractors to more than one lot.

SCF has stated it plans to give pricing a 20 per cent weighting in bids, with quality getting an 80 per cent weighting. Requests to participate must be submitted by 2 July 2021.

The new deal will replace the current SCF residential framework, which was procured in 2019 and is due to end next year. Bam Construct, Galliford Try, Kier and Mace were among the contractors named on the 2019 framework.

The SCF scheme follows a £1.2bn housing framework covering London and the South East that was launched by Network Homes earlier this year.

The bumper framework comes days after real estate investor Apache Capital announced it was planning to spend £1.6bn on 3,000 new build to rent homes, mainly in the Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire areas.

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