Local building contractors invited to bid for £60m of housing work in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council and its new housing company, Foundation Homes, is dividing the framework into three lots with projects worth up to £10m. Tony McDonough reports

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Liverpool City Council and Foundations are seeking local contractors for £60m worth of projects

 

Construction sector contractors across the Liverpool city region will have the opportunity to bid for work on a new our year long housing framework worth up to £60m.

Liverpool City Council and its new housing company, Foundation Homes, is dividing the framework into three lots with projects worth up to £10m to undertake refurbishment, renovation and repair of untenanted dwellings.

And the city council is also taking advantage of EU procurement rules that gives the authority options of ring-fencing a sum of the forecast spend to be distributed among local SMEs and third sector organisations.

Framework contract

A full suite of construction-related activities is being required such as groundworks, plumbing, electrics, joinery, masonry, plastering and roofing to painting and decorating to enable Foundations and the council to refurbish selected properties across the city over the life of the framework contract.

There will be 18 places in total on the framework, across the three lots, with up to 27 shortlisted suppliers invited to tender, after the Mayor of Liverpool announced a new phase of investment last autumn.

Interested parties must complete the Selection Questionnaire by Friday, March 8 – which can be found at the Pro Contract website and is free for businesses to sign up to

The new housing frameworks have been designed specifically for the city council to deliver its Foundations housing programme – with a focus on enabling Liverpool and Merseysidebased contractors the opportunity to pitch for council contracts, bolstering the local supply chain. 

New homes

Foundations is a newly-formed ethical housing company established by the council to create new homes and refurbish dilapidated housing stock in the city. Foundations will also be given stiff targets to bolster apprenticeships in the region’s construction sector.

The frameworks can also can be utilised by other local bodies to contract works.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s housing sector is in need of a dramatic overhaul and Foundations will enable the city to address a raft of issues such as reviving empty homes, while at the same time having a positive impact on the local economy.

“The initial funding for Foundations has now been established so the time has now come to fine tune the plans and start delivering. To do this, and to make it easier for Liverpool companies to navigate our tendering process, the council’s procurement team has created our first bespoke frameworks.”

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