Huge interest in £1.5bn retrofit procurement framework

Posted on 24/05/2023

The Greener Futures Partnership (GFP) has more than 100 contractors and consultants signed up to help them deliver a retrofit framework worth £1.5bn.

Big names such as Kier, Vinci, Morgan Sindall and Wates, are already signed up along with smaller sized contractors, which the partnership has targeted, in order to deliver in specific areas.

The GFP is a consortium of five housing associations, made up of Abri, Anchor, Home Group, Hyde and Sanctuary. Representing 600,000 customers in 300,000 homes across the UK, the partnership have joined forces to decarbonise their housing stock.

Drawing on the strength of their partnership, GFP are combining their purchasing power and knowledge to overcome one of the sectors biggest challenges: procuring services and goods against a backdrop of soaring demand and supply pressures.

The Framework  will span a total of seven years: an initial four year term with an option to extend for a further three, to enable delivery of the works supported by the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF).

The GFP were recently successful in securing funding from the SHDF to retrofit 5,500 homes over the next two and a half years, with a total investment of around £95m.

The framework consists of three workstreams: construction work up to £5m, construction work over £2.5m, and consultancy work. It will be open to all Contracting Authorities in England, Wales and Scotland. With up to 120 places available, the Framework includes work such as solar PV, heat pumps, insulation, wall and window installation and more.

The goods and services procured as part of the Framework will allow GFP to meet the Government’s target for all social homes to have an EPC rating of 'C' by 2030. Abri are well underway on this journey: as we reach the end of SHFC Wave 1, Abri have retrofitted 88 homes to EPC band C or above in 2022.

Rose Bean, Director of Assets and Sustainability at Abri, said: “As a member of GFP, we’re really pleased with the response from the Greener Futures Partnership Decarbonisation Delivery Framework. We’re committed to improving the quality of our customers’ homes and making them more energy efficient. By working in partnership with likeminded housing providers, contractors and consultants, I’m confident we will overcome the challenges ahead and deliver a more sustainable future for our customers.”

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