New procurement guide helps housing providers avoid costly mistakes
The first comprehensive guide to help housing associations and local authorities procure and deliver higher quality homes for their residents was launched by The Housing Forum on 20 October at our National Conference.
The guide Better Procurement for Better Homes says housing clients need to provide a clear vision from the start of every project and monitor it closely throughout construction.
Geeta Nanda, chief executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and Chair of the G15 group of housing associations, has endorsed the guide in a foreword.
Better Procurement for Better Homes sets out a series of guidelines for improving design and construction quality, avoiding costly mistakes and managing risks.
Better Procurement for Better Homes has been developed by a Housing Forum cross-sector working group chaired by Matthew Goulcher, Managing Director Levitt Bernstein, who says the guide comes at a hugely important juncture for housing.
“The quality failures that have come to light across many housing schemes, and tragically in the Grenfell Tower disaster, have galvanised unprecedented determination from industry and government to overhaul quality and safety,” he says
“At the heart of this new mindset is an acceptance that improved procurement practices are essential to the reforms.”
Geeta Nanda adds: “There is so much to do in ensuring that we provide the very best places we can for people to live whilst using our money wisely. This guide shows how it can be done.”
The guide provides pointers on the contractual tools, including pre-construction services agreements and project cost plans that can underpin a more collaborative approach and help reduce risks. A series of case studies drive the points home.
Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive of The Housing Forum and Matthew Goulcher, Managing Director Levitt Bernstein at the Report launch, 20 October 2021
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