Housing association Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) has announced the opening of procurement for a £1.2bn asset and building safety framework.
The 66,500-home housing association said the framework is expected to support its investment and development programmes for the next 15 years.
The procurement process is expected to begin in January with successful bidders decided by October 2022.
NHG said a ‘meet the buyer’ event is planned for December, which will be open to all organisations that have registered their interest.
The framework will set out a list of expected standards for organisations to meet, such as “goals around sustainability, or ensuring work creates social value for the community”.
The social landlord said the framework will run for four years with an option to extend and is split into five lots each with specialist contractors.
The five lots are expected to cover:
- Planned investment works: building envelope and communal spaces
- Planned investment works: kitchen and bathrooms
- Building safety works: cladding remediation and wider capital works
- Building safety works: cladding remediation only
- Fire risk assessment remediation works: (active and passive fire safety)
Katie Bond, group director of sales and building safety at NHG, said: “Keeping our residents and buildings safe is our first priority and this framework, the largest assets framework in our history, outlines the scale and ambition of our programme.
“We have established a dedicated building safety team who will be supported by our framework to carry out the vital work needed to ensure our buildings meet the latest regulations.
“This is a complex, long-term programme that will run for many years and our framework will enable us to be more dynamic once problems are identified and allow works to be carried out swiftly and professionally.”
Last month, the National Housing Federation warned that one in 10 affordable homes may not be built as social landlords contend with the costs of building safety.
It is estimated that it will cost providers more than £10bn to bring homes up to fire safety standards, and while the government has pledged £3.5bn for leaseholders to remove unsafe cladding, there has been no such funding offered for social tenants.
Elly Hoult, group director of assets at NHG, said: “We invest huge amounts each year in the upkeep of our housing stock whether through external redecoration, replacing windows or roofs and making sure kitchens and bathrooms meet modern standards.
“Raising the standards of our homes helps us meet our environmental aspirations, such as having all our homes having an Energy Performance Certificate of a C rating or above by 2030, and ensure our residents have somewhere they are proud to call home.
“We look forward to working with those on our framework to best meet the needs of our residents over the coming years.”