Contractors sought for £8.4bn housing work

Link Group has started a contest for places on an £8.4bn housing delivery framework.

The consortium of housing associations published official notice of the four-year agreement, which will be available to all social landlords in Scotland.

Mainly covering construction services for new-build housing, the framework will also offer some office projects, as well as extensions, adaptations and planned maintenance.

Jobs will range in size, tenure and type. Applicants require experience of social housing projects of between five and 500 units.

The agreement will be broken into six lots, with five covering the following value bands: up to £2m; between £2m and £5m; £5m to £10m; £10m to £30m; and above £30m. The sixth lot will feature jobs in the northern Argyll and Bute and Highland regions.

Contractors have been given until 15 June to register their interest in the framework, with invitations to tender expected in early July.

Individual commissions will be awarded from the selected panellists, either by direct selection or a mini competition.

Link Group, which was founded in 1962, set out a new sustainability strategy this month.

Head of sustainability Graeme Bruce said the document “sets out Link’s approach to becoming a leader in the development of sustainable communities, and how we will work smarter through the consideration of social, economic and environmental goals in all aspects of decision-making, partnership development and delivery”.

Meanwhile, six manufacturing companies secured spots this week on a £600m agreement set up by client alliance Building Better to deliver housing across the UK.

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