A recent report by The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee warned that to hit the target of building 300,000 new homes a year by mid-2020, then modern methods of construction (MMC) must be embraced to help make up the shortfall that traditional building methods will likely suffer. Consortium Procurement understands the challenges our members face and have been working on solutions to help them with their construction and MMC requirements. With this in mind we have developed and launched our new brand ‘Consortium Procurement Construction’, giving our members access to offsite housing solutions. Fully OJEU compliant, it provides local authorities, housing associations and other social landlords with easy access to off-site manufactured volumetric and panelised building systems for the use in new home build projects. The framework includes the option of a turnkey solution including design, manufacture, supply, installation and construction services. Alternatively, a supply and erection service is available. Suppliers on the framework have developed standard housing types which help clients avoid design issues and save time and money, as the houses already comply with the Building Regulations, the Housing Quality Index and funding authority requirements.

We know there is enthusiasm from our members for using MMC products, but we also realise there are many challenges such as driving volume, standardising specifications/products, budget restraints, local skills/training and customer perception to name just a few.

To help overcome these challenges, Consortium Procurement have been working with industry experts and will be now engaging with members to find solutions. Over the coming months we will be hosting various roundtables and events for our members to come together with these experts and discuss how we may all be able to move forward together, to drive volume and value when using MMC.
Consortium Procurement Construction will also give members access to many other OJEU frameworks that will help them all other aspects of construction and any potential outcomes of the recent Social Housing Green Paper, including:
• Windows and doors
• Roofing
• Kitchen supply
• Kitchen and bathroom works
• Energy efficiency consultants and works
• Whole house refurbishments
• Vacant property protection
• Schools and community building works
• Modular building • Housing consultants and construction

Our Commercial Director, Joseph Gardiner, said of the new brand;
“We have always had a member focussed ethos approach to framework development. We strongly believe in member engagement and collaboration to continue to develop and expand our frameworks and services for the benefit of our members. Consortium Procurement Construction now allows us to help members build better homes and buildings that enhance local communities and improve the daily lives of residents. Now the frameworks are available, we will be pressing on with various events to bring our members together and help them overcome the challenges they face”.
If you would like to know more or get involved with the roundtables and other events please email Joseph at joseph.gardiner@consortiumprocurement.org.uk.