High tech companies win places on £100m housing framework

Grant Prior 5 months ago
Share

Construction innovations including a blockchain-backed BIM solution and a robot underfloor insulation installer have won places on a £100m high tech housing framework.

Disruptors on the framework include Q-bot, a robotic underfloor insulation installer
Disruptors on the framework include Q-bot, a robotic underfloor insulation installer

Procurement for Housing (PfH) has appointed 18 suppliers on its new Social Housing Emerging Disruptors (SHED) framework to procure cutting edge, innovative services and technologies to support with retrofit, development and fire safety targets.

Public sector procurement has traditionally been seen as a barrier to innovation, introducing processes and bureaucracy that make it harder to buy emerging solutions from entrepreneurial SMEs and micro-organisations.

Fledgling suppliers are unable to scale their solutions and invest in further innovation because buying teams can’t procure services compliantly under existing rules.

But Procurement for Housing has said this framework is “flexible, future-proof and light touch in terms of paperwork and procedure.”

A dedicated portal will enable housing providers to conduct a simple desk-based supplier selection process. The portal will identify the supplier that can best meet their needs and PfH’s procurement team will provide pricing information and support the contracting process.

Innovators appointed to the SHED framework include Bimdl, a blockchain-backed building information modelling (BIM) solution; Power Circle Projects, which provides democratised, decentralised low carbon smart energy solutions; Chameleon Digitization an organisation using machine learning to spot dangerous gas canisters being taken into high rise buildings; Q-Bot, a robotic underfloor insulation installer and Green Action Trust which supports social landlords to improve the sustainability of their local environment.

Neil Butters, head of procurement at PfH said: “Over the past 12 months, our members have been telling us about the perfect storm of challenges they’re facing with global supply chain disruption, a widespread skills crisis and huge pressure to meet fire safety, net zero and house building targets.

“There is urgent need for innovation that can help them address these problems, but public procurement regulations just haven’t caught up. Housing providers can’t compliantly buy the innovative services they need.

“The government is currently changing public procurement rules, but that reform might not come into force until 2023. We wanted to be brave and unpick the challenges around procuring innovation which is still a fairly intangible, transient category of goods and services.

“It was important we did that here and now for the sector, rather than sitting on our hands – no one else is really tackling it.”

“Many of the suppliers we’ve appointed to the framework are small or micro businesses. We wanted to unlock their services for the social housing sector – these are pioneering, future-thinking organisations, many with a focus on sustainability or building safety.

“The SHED is about PfH supporting social landlords to identify and adopt innovation that will improve the lives of tenants.”

 

Latest news

Thirty construction workers killed on site last year

Industry fatality numbers drop 25% on previous year
7 hours ago

Construction and housing ministers resign

Industry leaders join mass exodus from government
11 hours ago

Aecom hires Arcadis veteran to grow northwards

Jonathan Moore aims to expand Aecom's business in the Midlands and North
10 hours ago

M&E contractor Kershaw went down owing subbies £10m

More than 400 firms left holding unpaid invoices
21 hours ago

Green light for UK’s first plastic recycling park

£165m park in Cheshire will recycle 367,500 tonnes of plastic
21 hours ago

Go-ahead for two Tilbury Douglas hospital jobs

Wirrall and Stockport hospital A&E jobs together worth nearly £60m
20 hours ago

Eight contractors trailblaze concrete carbon reduction plan

Firms pledge to switch to 30% low emission concrete by 2025
1 day ago

Red Construction lands London Victoria office overhaul

St James's Park building will be extended up by two floors in overhaul
20 hours ago

Six locations shortlisted for Great British Railways HQ

Site for national HQ narrows to Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle and York
2 days ago

Kit maker Genie fined after M25 work platform death fall

Court hears how calibration error led to death of worker when 40 metre high mobile elevating work platform collapsed
2 days ago

O’Connor Utilities sold to private equity

OCU Group reported to have fetched around £400m
3 days ago

Rolls-Royce shortlists sites for first SMR factory

Three factories will make reactor, civils and MEP modules for SMR nuclear power stations
2 days ago

£233m loan kick starts £3.5bn regen of Royal Docks site

Infrastructure loan paves way for 6,000-home East London Silvertown scheme
2 days ago

Henry Construction wins £33m Oxford housing estate rebuild

Contractor signs off first deal with A2Dominion
2 days ago

Carillion collapse hospital hit by more construction delays

Balfour will take another 18 months to complete Midland Met scheme
3 days ago

Leeds college launches new construction and football course

Students can now combine site and tech skills with learning at a football academy
2 days ago

Willmott Dixon blasts new Building Safety law

Rick Willmott accuses Government of scapegoating construction over its own regulatory failure
3 days ago

£550m plan to redevelop The Galleries centre in Bristol

Shopping centre building to be demolished for major mixed-use scheme
3 days ago

Costain cancels supply chain event on £260m road job

Preparation work for A1 upgrade stalls as Transport Secretary dithers over approval
3 days ago

£170m London Holborn Circus office approved

Demolition work set to start in the autumn for 10-storey office block
3 days ago

City leaders launch net zero construction skills drive

City of London leader warns "skills gap and labour shortage are threats to our net zero ambitions"
3 days ago

Marlborough Highways lands £32m Islington civils deal

Contractor to help with north London borough's green drive
3 days ago

Osborne makes £45m construction loss

Sale of infrastructure business balances books as contractor looks for zero-carbon wins
6 days ago

John F Hunt forecasts record revenue and profits this year

Demolition contractor back on strong financial footing after previously setting aside £5.6m for bid rigging probe
6 days ago

Notting Hill Genesis names £2.8bn framework winners

26 firms land places on main contractor deal: Full list
6 days ago

Green light for dual hotel scheme at Nine Elms

Two new hotel towers will share common basement
6 days ago

Trials start on cement-free pre-cast piles

Aarsleff is hopeful a product will come to the market shortly
6 days ago

Ex-Telford Homes boss to run green house builder

Jon Di-Stefano takes helm at M&G backed Greencore Construction
6 days ago

Subcontractors told to stop work on Brymor sites

£80m revenue southern contractor files letter of intent to enter administration
7 days ago

House builder Chartway sold to private equity firm

Cabot Square Capital signs another major construction deal
7 days ago

Contractor services