Great Places names suppliers for £1.5bn ICN framework


Great Places Housing Group has announced more than 100 successful suppliers for a four-year Innovation Chain North (ICN) framework of contractors and consultants.

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The £1.5 billion framework will cover four regions in the north — North West, East Midlands, North East and Eastern — which has been designed to support delivery of new homes across the North of England.

The framework seeks to support Great Places’ affordable development programme as well as other housing associations and local authorities operating across the region.

It will run until June 2028.

Led by housing association Great Places Housing Group, the building contractor lots include high-value and low-value bands, apartment specialists and construction services providing a wraparound to Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) technologies. 

Who’s on it? A total of 103 suppliers are on the framework with 34 contractors and 69 consultants.

Contractors include:

  • Caddick Construction 
  • Hargreaves Contracting
  • Lovell Partnership
  • Termrim Construction
  • P. Casey & Co.

Consultants include:

  • Turner & Townsend 
  • CPC Project Services
  • Markshams
  • AA Projects

Alan Taylor, operations director from the Casey Group, said: “We are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with Great Places and the ICN members to deliver high-quality homes for their residents. 

“At Casey our purpose is ‘Improving Lives’ we will continue to support the members by providing residents and the local community with social value initiatives and leave a lasting legacy with all the work we do.”

Bidders increased 23 per cent over the previous framework to deliver works and services.

In total, 206 companies applied to supply the framework with the majority of bidders applying for multiple lots and 802 bids were evaluated across the 37 lots.

New lots for the renewed framework include Apartment Construction, Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) Engineering and Retrofit Consultants.

Great Places selected successful organisations based on their technical competence, price, and their commitment to social value.

Social value is a key priority for the latest framework, with pledges from successful firms including apprenticeships, work experience opportunities and volunteering hours. 

The suppliers on the previous four-year framework, which began in 2020, are now set to deliver more than £20 million in added social value.

Joanne Whitehead, Great Places’ development performance manager, said: “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.”

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