News

11.05.2021

Offsite suppliers appointed to £330m offsite framework

Seventeen offsite manufacturers have won places on a new £330 million framework for the public sector.

The Modular Buildings (MB2) framework from LHC allows local authorities, social landlords and other public bodies to source preapproved specialist suppliers who can design, supply and install permanent, temporary, and refurbished modular buildings.

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10.05.2021

Let the public sector lead the way

Paul Dawson, group technical manager at LHC, looks at the runaway demand for the latest Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund grants and explains why public-sector led programmes to transform the energy performance of our buildings are the quickest route on the road to net zero.

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29.04.2021

Construction Products Regulations from 1 January 2022

In October 2020, LHC issued an advice note regarding the use of the new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark which replaced the European CE mark.  We advised that due to the period of co-existence of the two marks in the UK until 1 January 2022, LHC would accept certification using both CE and UKCA marking regimes between 1st January 2021 and 31st December 2021.

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26.03.2021

Energy Efficiency Measures (N8) procurement guide launched

A new guide has been launched for local authorities, housing associations and other registered providers that are looking to procure energy efficiency works.

As the Government and wider housing sector seek to ramp up their retrofit efforts to achieve net zero stock by at least 2050, it’s more important than ever for social landlords to ensure they have routes to procure compliant and quality suppliers.

The new guide from LHC provides details of its £800 million Energy Efficiency Measures and Associated Works (N8) framework, which runs until 8 November 2024.

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24.03.2021

LHC urges Govt to put social housing at the centre of energy efficiency plans

Social housing providers must be backed by further, mid- to long-term Government funding to enable them to lead the country’s drive towards net zero.

Public sector procurement specialist LHC has welcomed the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) call for more money and longer-term commitments to meet the energy efficiency retrofit challenge.

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22.03.2021

How post-COVID procurement can help to boost MMC

The first Covid-19 lockdown marked a sudden and radical change for public sector housing and construction procurement. Fast forward to lockdown number three and it appears that the changes of the last year could be beneficial for new MMC contracts in the public sector.

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News

03.03.2021

Post BREXIT approach to hiring from non-UK countries

The UK construction workforce has long included workers from outside UK, most recently from Eastern European countries, including EU accession states.  In 2017, a CITB research paper revealed that while the UK construction workforce was still largely home-grown, migrants played a critical role, particularly in London, where they make up half the workforce, and in the South East.

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News

09.02.2021

A post-COVID picture of public sector procurement

The first Covid-19 lockdown marked a sudden and radical change for public sector housing and construction procurement.

The closure of offices and sites initially left local authority and housing association schedules in tatters, with public bodies unable to plan the completion of existing projects or to launch new projects. The preparedness of procurement staff, both on the supplier and buyer side, to carry out their respective duties was placed under significant stress.

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29.01.2021

Public sector opportunities on the horizon for new build housing specialists

LHC is currently in the pre-planning stage of their New Build Housing Construction (H2) framework.

It will deliver a range of traditional housing as well as low, medium and high-rise construction, sheltered, student and keyworker accommodation, care homes, and mixed use sites, development agreements and land purchases. Associated civil engineering and infrastructure works required for new build housing and net zero buildings will also be covered under the framework.

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20.01.2021

LHC Community Benefit Update: London and South East, Winter 2020/21

Doors opening to architecture careers for aspiring young students in Southwark

LHC Community Benefit Fund has made a contribution to enable Open City to deliver their Accelerate programme in Southwark.

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