5 July 2017
Housing association consortium JV North has chosen WYG as one of its consultants for its £180 million home building framework. WYG is one of 10 employer’s agents, and one of four principal designers, to be selected.
The consortium, which has 11 social housing association members across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Nottingham and Preston, has appointed contractors and consultants for works valued at £1 million and over.
JV North is investing £335.5 million to build nearly 3,000 new homes under the Government’s Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme. Approximately 2,000 of the homes – for rent and ownership – will be delivered through the new four-year framework that starts in July.
Sean Stafford, who is Director of Saffer Cooper which manages JV North’s development programme, said: “We received a large number of applications – in total 30 contractors and 89 consultants applied. We are delighted with the quality of the businesses selected for what will be a very busy period as we build thousands of much needed homes over the coming years. Housing association members are already well underway with their home building plans and will be calling off the framework immediately.”
The second stage of JV North’s framework – for work valued at under £1 million – will be launched in July. This additional tier has been created to offer SME builders an improved opportunity to win work and build homes in communities local to them. The application process will be available through the Dynamic Purchasing System.
JV North Chairman and Chief Executive at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Nigel Wilson said: “The current framework that is due to end has been a big success and this is due to the excellent partnership work, dedication and commitment of the companies involved. We are very grateful for their input over the past four years and look forward to the new framework where I’m sure the standard will be raised once again to the benefit of residents in all members’ communities.”
David Duncalf, the WYG director leading on our work on the framework, said: “We are delighted to be working with JV North, Saffer Cooper and consortium members and look forward to sharing knowledge with other consultants.”