THE search is on for contractors to work on a four-year housing repairs framework in Liverpool worth up to £60 million.
Launched by the city council and its housing development company, Foundation Homes, the framework is divided into three lots, with projects worth up to £10 million to undertake refurbishment, renovation and repair of untenanted dwellings.
The council says it is looking for the “full suite” of construction related activities, such as groundworks, plumbing, electrics, joinery, masonry, plastering and roofing to painting and decorating. These are required to enable Foundations to refurbish selected properties across the city overt 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.
“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,” said city mayor, Joe Anderson.
“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.
“This a watershed moment for the council and symbolises the effort and commitment the entire organisation is undertaking to change the way we operate to be more business friendly so together the public and private sector can make a real difference to the future of the city.”
The city council says it 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 amongst local SMEs and third sector organisations.
Interested parties are asked to complete the Selection Questionnaire by Friday, 8 March – which can be found at the Pro Contract website.
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 Merseyside-based contractors the opportunity to pitch for council contracts, bolstering the local supply chain.
A separate framework for new build housing projects will be advertised in early March, the council said.
“We are committed to delivering quality homes for people in Liverpool and committed also to getting the highest standards of workmanship,” said Mark Kitts, chief executive of Foundations. “But we also wish to engage, wherever possible, with local contractors and businesses to ensure that our programme of activity is generating local jobs and helping young people here develop their skills.”