Bids to provide works and services under the latest framework increased by 23% 

Great Places Housing Group has announced the successful bidders for the latest round of its construction framework, Innovation Chain North.


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Great Places has appointed 103 suppliers to the framework, which is scheduled to run until June 2028.

In total, 103 suppliers, 34 contractors and 69 consultants, were appointed to the latest framework, which will run until June 2028.

Great Places noted that the framework renewal attracted a 23% rise in bidders seeking to provide works and services, with 206 companies applying to join the framework.

Contractors chosen to deliver ‘high-value’ projects under the £1.5bn framework include Keepmoat Homes, Lovell Partnerships, Esh Construction, Countryside Properties and Eric Wright Construction.

Savills and Stantec have been engaged as planning consultants for the framework, while Turner and Townsend has been newly appointed to the framework as a purchaser’s agent.

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The lots cover regions such as Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and others. 

Joanne Whitehead, Great Places’ development performance manager, responsible for managing the framework, said: “We’d like to congratulate the 103 suppliers who have been awarded a place on the new ICN framework.

“Ahead of our latest tender, we consulted with colleagues across the sector, existing contractors, and consultants, as well as drawing learning from managing the last framework to design a new framework which is fit for purpose as we move forward with our collective ambitions. We were delighted with the response from the market and received a large number of high-quality submissions and substantial social value pledges for our communities”.

Whitehead added: “The new framework will continue to ensure Great Places and our peer organisations have tried and tested partners to help us to deliver our extensive development programmes and to help our collective ambitions to tackle the housing crisis.”

Robert Paterson, director at Turner and Townsend, said: “We are delighted to have been successful on this significant framework and to continue our relationship with Great Places Housing. Housing and residential remains a strong sector for us here in the North West and we look forward to developing many exciting schemes together in the future.”

James Eager, director at Eric Wright Construction added: “We’re really proud to have been successful on the ICN framework tender. We have worked with Great Places previously on the Ancoats Dispensary project and are currently on site at their Laystall Street scheme, so we have a successful track record of working in partnership together and are looking forward to building on that relationship for future projects.”