Six firms secure spots on £600m housing MMC deal

Six manufacturing companies have secured spots on a £600 million panel set up to deliver housing across the UK.

Housebuilding client alliance Building Better appointed the modern-construction specialists to its Category 2 dynamic purchasing system.

This gives 29 housing associations and councils the opportunity to run mini-competitions among the chosen manufacturers for jobs that arise.

Lasting four years, the procurement agreement covers the provision of two-dimensional, panellised systems for assembly on site.

The selected firms are:

  • Future Built
  • LoCaL Homes
  • Project Etopia
  • Roe Timberframe
  • Sigmat
  • Starship Homes

Building Better said it had created a dynamic purchasing system, rather than a fixed framework, so that it can add manufacturers at any point as the market evolves.

More than 900 homes have been created through a Category 1 framework, launched by the alliance last summer, for fully-formed buildings to be delivered to site.

Manufacturers wanting to join the latest panel must first be certified by the Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme or assessed by building warranty provider National House Building Council. Their products must aim to meet the Future Homes Standard, while an additional selection procedure looks at their commercial, social and sustainability credentials.

Building Better project director Trina Chakravarti said: “The emerging nature of this part of the modern methods of construction (MMC) marketplace means that social housing organisations have, to date, been wary of Category 2. Some told us they were anxious about committing to a panellised manufacturer, not knowing if the company or even this form of MMC would be around in four years.

“Because of this, we knew a different procurement approach was needed; one that would still provide high standards and ease of access, like our Category 1 framework, but a solution that didn’t clip the wings of manufacturers operating in such a fluid environment.”

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