Woodhead appointed to new housing framework

Robert Woodhead Limited has been appointed as a contractor partner on the EMBuild new build developer framework.

The framework, managed by procurement consortium EEM Ltd, is specifically focused on housing delivery. Encouraging innovative modular construction methods and off-site panel construction as well as traditional building solutions to drive efficiencies and create affordable homes for tenants to run, with a reduced lifecycle cost for Local Authorities.

The announcement comes as the Department for Communities and Local Government publishes its English Housing Survey 2014-15*. The report highlights the proportion of social renters who expect to buy their current home has increased. Among social renters who expected to buy, half (52%) of local authority tenants and a third (35%) of housing association tenants expect to buy their current home.

Projects procured through the new EMBuild framework will be delivered by Woodhead Living who have delivered multiple high quality housing projects for Local Authorities, ALMOS and Housing Associations using traditional and modern methods of construction. Most recently Woodhead Living have completed phase 1 of a three year programme of works for A1 Housing and Bassetlaw District Council. The project which was recently awarded Project of the Year at the Building Communities in the East Midlands Awards will see 71 new, high quality sustainable homes built in Harworth.

Woodhead’s Business Development Director, Glenn Slater commented “Having previously worked on EEM frameworks the new Framework will give us the continuity of work to offer our clients real social, economic and community value. The framework will enable us to have a different approach to housing delivery, working with clients at an early stage to offer best value solutions and high quality homes. The ability to offer off site solutions is particularly exciting.”

Chief Executive of EEM Ltd, Pete Smith, said: “Through EMBuild we hope to bring together likeminded organisations to work collaboratively and innovate together to drive efficiencies. We have recently appointed organisations to our frameworks for off-site manufacturing, main management contractors, architects, and client representatives so the framework is a great opportunity to innovate and improve the provision of housing.”

Leading procurement consortium EEM Ltd, is launching the new framework EMBuild at Mansfield Town Football Club on Tuesday 1 March.

The event takes place from 10am until 2pm and is being held by EEM to launch EMBuild.  The launch is open to planners, development manager, heads of service, chief officers and Councillors from the East Midlands area who are considering building homes in the next four years.

The event offers organisations a unique opportunity to meet the whole EMBuild supply chain in one place and see the potential efficiencies and cost savings available through EEM combined with a robust offer that meets EU Compliance.  To find out more information, register your interest and book your complimentary buffet lunch, visit www.embuild.eventbrite.co.uk.

*English Housing Survey is a national survey of people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England. In its current form, it was first run in 2008-09. Prior to then, the survey was run as two standalone surveys: the English House Condition Survey and the Survey of English Housing. This report provides the findings from the 2014-15 survey.