JV North offers SME builders chance to win more work

SME builders are being offered the opportunity to win work in the second stage of JV North’s four-year home building and refurbishment framework worth £180 million.

For the first time, the consortium is offering a lot dedicated specifically to smaller contractors with works valued at under £1 million.

JV North will create an unlimited list of suppliers through which their housing association members can tender opportunities for construction works.

Work will be divided into six areas: new build, refurbishment, modular build, disabled adaptations, supported housing and fire safety. Contractors can apply for any or all of the lots.

They will be required to 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.

Works may also include fire safety schemes such as the installation of fire alarms, sprinklers and other fire protection and prevention works.

At the start of July, JV North announced the contractors and consultants chosen for the framework for schemes valued at £1 million and over. The sub-£1 million framework is aimed at those who do not consider procurement opportunities because they perceive the work tendered is too big for them.

It will also allow JV North members to support their local economies by investing more in regional businesses.

Sean Stafford, who is Director of Saffer Cooper which manages JV North’s development programme, said, “The Dynamic Purchasing System simplifies the procurement process which really appeals to smaller SMEs.

“Many are put off by lengthy procurement processes or think the work is too big for them and will be taken by larger contractors. This is why we have split the four-year framework into two lots; one for works over £1 million and now one for works under £1 million.

“JV North members will have a significant amount of home building schemes valued under £1 million needing to be completed in the next four years that will be perfectly suited to smaller contractors.

“We know a lot of smaller contractors deliver excellent work and want to tap into this. By using SMEs, JV North’s housing association members will be able to invest further in their local communities, supporting businesses and local economies.”

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