LHC Seminar Advises Social Landlords How to Get More For Less
Best value procurement and the Green Deal were the key topics of debate at LHC’s recent seminar.
Social landlords interested in achieving best value in social housing refurbishment took this opportunity to find out more to help them achieve their objectives for social housing refurbishment, despite the current difficult financial climate.
Public Sector procurement specialist, LHC, invited social landlord representatives from across the UK to a seminar at the Emirates Stadium, London, to hear prominent speakers discuss best value procurement, maximising what you can get from funding and the benefits offered by whole house refurbishment.
Speakers included Steve Ives from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and Glenn Fletcher, Director EU Procurement, Achilles Group. With the Green Deal in final consultation phase, Steve identified how the funding was looking to support the development of energy efficient building measures left after CERT, and outlined an approved Green Deal Code of Practice to be implemented for the benefit of the public sector.
Glenn Fletcher and fellow speaker Bernard Tominey of Procurematrix Ltd, identified how to achieve best value through framework arrangements, to enable social landlords to demonstrate transparency, openness and fairness according to stringent EU procurement policy.
John Skivington, LHC Director said: “The Coalition Government has made it clear that the green effort should not be downgraded or swept under the carpet because of spending cuts and austerity. But the reality is that many of our customers have struggled with how to accommodate this with their technical resource being reduced to a minimum.
“LHC took upon this as a challenge to help our members and customers. The seminar was a key part of the process, bringing together technical and procurement professionals presenting specialist guidance and advice on how to deliver whole house refurbishment for the benefit of residents across the UK.”
LHC also used the seminar to introduce the new OJEU compliant, pre-tendered framework arrangement for whole house refurbishment (WH1), which provides a one-stop-shop refurbishment solution, linked to energy saving opportunities.
Contractors have been appointed on a regional basis to ensure local companies can be on site quickly and efficiently.
25 appointed contractors and approved supply chain partners also took part in a mini-exhibition at the seminar to showcase what they could deliver to improve social housing.
John Skivington added: “Our aim in launching and showcasing WH1 at the seminar was to demonstrate its potential as a ‘one stop solution’ for social landlords looking to complete housing refurbishment.
"And by launching this framework arrangement on an already tendered and technically evaluated basis, can save time, resource and cost, and still ensure work can be on site quickly for the benefit of residents.”
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