The Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC) has begun the search for modular firms to build volumetric homes across England and Wales as part of a £2bn framework.
The CHIC, which is made up of 92 housing associations, local authorities, and ALMOs is procuring three contracts for the manufacture, supply and erection of homes. Two lots include all associated construction works in a “turnkey” approach, while with the third, the site works will be an option.
CHIC devised solutions for the development of new homes branded as ‘Buildsmart’. Members can access frameworks and contracts for the provision of consultants and contractors to undertake the development of new housing projects utilising traditional construction, timber frame construction or modular housing. The latest procurement is designed to strengthen the Buildsmart options by providing a new contract for the provision of modular.
Contractors will have to be able to demonstrate a track record in delivering modular construction and will have to have an established production facility for modular building elements.
The first lot is worth £303m, the second £572m and the third £1.17bn. Each is for a duration of five years but has the option to be extended by two subsequent periods of five years, giving an overall contract term of 15 years.