Council seeks housing partner for £16m project

Liverpool City Council is seeking a developer to bring back into use vacant council-owned properties in streets within the Kensington, Granby and Picton renewal areas.

The three year contract involves 177 residential properties being redeveloped to provide affordable homes to own or rent.

The council said the selected developer or developers will be required to finance the £15.93m scheme as it will not be providing public funding towards it.

The council said in order to ensure that the development meets the quality standards which it is seeking, it is envisaged that the disposal will be on the basis of a development agreement with an agreed form of transfer and lease that will be granted to the developer at an agreed stage of the development.

Companies have until 12pm on Wednesday 6 July to register for pre-qualification questionnaires and can submit for one or more of the three lots available.

The council said selected candidates will then be invited to tender on Monday 25 July 2011.

Companies will need to register with the North West's local authority procurement portal website, The Chest

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At an average cost of £90k per dwelling the quality standards being sought must be typical public sector gold plating!

Also difficult to see how this would create an ‘affordable’ dwelling whether for sale or rent….

By UnaPlanner

Gold plating or a decent specification that affords the occupant a good quality of life? The UK’s dysfunctional housing market allows private developers to continue to churn out the smallest housing in Europe. A public-sector led scheme that demands decent space standards and a quality build will naturally be regarded as ‘gold plating’ by an uncompetitive industry notorious for low productivity, a lack of innovation and dreadful inefficiency.

By A_Noun