Leading construction consultancy MAC joins triumphant consultants and contractors on the new four-year Innovation Chain North framework developed by Great Places Housing Group to support the delivery of new homes.
Placing social value at the heart of the framework, it will not only support Great Places’ very ambitious development programme in the North but also those of other Housing Associations operating across the North of England.
The framework renewal saw a 56 per cent increase in bidders seeking to deliver works and services; 183 companies applied to supply the framework. The majority of bidders applied for multiple lots, and in total 726 bids were evaluated across the 23 lots.
In total 113 suppliers – 30 Contractors and 83 Consultants – were successful.
The successful organisations were selected based on their technical competence, price, and their commitment to social value.
The new £750m framework will run until June 2024.
Social value pledges, including apprenticeships, work experience opportunities and volunteering hours were proposed by all suppliers and through a collaborative approach, we will be seeking these pledges to be applied on every new development.
Helen Spencer, Great Places’ Director of Development, said: “We are delighted to be working with MAC Construction Consultants on our new ICN framework.
“We are confident they will be able to work with us and the clients of ICN in delivering the sector’s extensive development ambitions in the North.
“We were delighted to have a huge response from the market and receive high quality proposals and substantial social value pledges for our communities. We are now looking forward to mobilising the framework and working together on new projects with MAC Construction Consultants supporting us with Building Surveying and Clerk of Works services.”
Joanne Whitehead, Great Places’ Procurement and Performance Manager, said: “Well done to MAC Construction Consultants and all the organisations who have been awarded a place on the framework.
“We received a large number of high-quality bids and we now have an excellent group of contractors and consultants covering a wide range of disciplines to support our housing delivery ambitions.
“Great Places and the other housing providers who access the framework look forward to working with them all in the future.”
Yusoff Ghaznavi, Managing Director at MAC Construction Consultants said: “To be awarded a place on the scheme shows the value and competence in our service offering and our highly able team, it truly is a fantastic achievement.
“Having a significant presence across the north, with offices in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, we are looking forward to working with Great Places’ to support the delivery of much needed homes across the North of England.”