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Individual projects procured through the framework will be worth up to £5.5m

Tender launched for £625m construction framework 

Dan Whelan

An eight-strong consortium of housing associations is seeking contractors to build residential schemes across the North of England. 

The Cutting Edge Framework has an estimated total value of £625m and is expected to run for four years. 

The consortium is led by Liverpool-based Riverside Group, and also includes the Regenda Group, Salix Homes, Together Housing Group, Onward Living, Progress Housing Group, Magenta Living, and Irwell Valley Homes.

Under the terms of the framework, contractors can bid for a place on regional lots for a chance to be selected for individual projects worth up to £5.5m. 

Works that could be procured through the framework include the construction of homes, refurbishment of existing properties, urban regeneration, and demolition and site remediation. 

Companies have until 7 May to register their interest.

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In light of the issues raised by the Grenfell Enquiry, it will be interesting to see what form of contract is being applied on this Framework. Historically, these frameworks have adopted JCT Design and Build, a form of contract now deemed only appropriate for the most basic of contracts and certainly NOT new-build residential. With D+B the architect and engineer are also taken on by the contractor, usually on a reduced service, and certainly not required to provide site inspection services. Grenfell highlighted the need for better site supervision by the design team and also the re-introduction of Clerk of Works duties. Hopefully, the framework clients have taken heed of these much needed improvements to housing procurement.

By Dave McCall