Eight make Wigan housing framework

Wigan Council has named eight North West contractors to a new framework that will deliver the local authority’s direct delivery housing schemes over the next four years.

The construction companies will each have the opportunity to apply for individual site contracts once an area has been identified for redevelopment within the borough’s delivery programme.

The full list of contractors is:

  • A Connolly, Wigan
  • PLP Construction, Heywood
  • The Casey Group, Rochdale
  • Cruden Construction, Warrington
  • M&Y Maintenance and Construction, St Helens
  • Galliford Try Partnerships, Warrington
  • Willmott Dixon Construction, Oldham
  • Rosslee Construction, Accrington

Cllr Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “We’re committed to providing quality, affordable housing for local people to help them get onto the property ladder while also supporting the economy to thrive.

“It is imperative we have a framework of reliable, hard-working and efficient contractors that share our social values and can help us to reach our ambitions. Our tender was opened up to all eligible companies across Europe but it was the North West contractors that really stood out.

“We chose the successful eight based on value for money, experience, ability to deliver in a timely fashion and more. It’s fantastic that all the companies are North West-based.”

Wigan said that in its most recent financial year, the council surpassed its housing delivery requirements for the first time in a decade. The housing requirement of Wigan Borough was determined at 944 homes annually following a revised local housing need assessment. In 2017/18, 948 homes were delivered, 71 through the direct delivery programme.

Cllr Halliwell continued: “Although we’re delivering house building at a pace that meets our housing requirement, this pace needs to be maintained to ensure our borough continues to thrive.

“As a result of our partnership working and growing housing stock, we’re in a much stronger position to resist developments in inappropriate locations in the future.”

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