Homes England reveals 17 upcoming contract opportunities

Homes England has published details of 17 separate construction projects that will soon be open for bids.

The housing group’s pipeline, which is worth £364.5m, covers thousands of new homes and a number of school buildings that are to be built across England.

Included in the plan is a £22.5m framework to begin a huge housing development project in Ifield, West Sussex. The government held public-engagement events in January 2020 about the plan, which promises to build 10,000 homes over the next 30 years.

The £22.5m framework covers the first phase of that plan with the development of 3,250 affordable homes on a golf course and surrounding areas near Horsham. Procurement for that project is set to start in September 2023, with a contract expected in January 2024.

Some 6,800 homes are also planned for the garden village of Wynyard, near Hartlepool, in a £45m contract for which Homes England has been consulting with Hartlepool Borough Council to expand a housing plot first developed on in the 1990s. Procurement is set to start in April 2023, with a two-year contract expected in August of that year. The development would make Wynyard Garden Village the largest new settlement in the North East, according to the council.

Details of a new school planned for West Sussex have also emerged via the procurement pipeline. The construction of a primary and special needs school, which will be known as Burgess Hill School, would cost £10m, with procurement expected in June this year and a contract following in September. Around 18 months will be needed to build the school, which will be for children aged between four and 16. The project makes up part of a bumper development. The plan, dubbed Northern Arc, will also include the building of 3,500 homes – 30 per cent of which will be classed as affordable – and three neighbourhood centres. That plan got the go-ahead from Mid Sussex District Council in October 2019.

The development plans were all referenced in Homes England’s strategic plan for 2018-23, which committed to “respond[ing] to the long-term housing challenges facing this country”.

Also included in the strategic plan was a pledge to increase the use of modern methods of construction in housing developments in England, as well as a focus on build-to-rent homes.

The procurement pipeline is accessible here.

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