John Rowan and Partners appointed to Southern Housing Group’s first Contractors Framework

Southern Housing Group, one of Southern England’s largest housing associations, has launched its very first Contractors’ Framework. The framework has been created to manage the Group’s future construction projects – worth over £630m over the next five years.

Southern Housing Group is a member of the G15 and provides homes for more than 67,000 people across two regions in the south east of England, which includes around 40 local authorities.

Gurpal Virdee, Managing Partner at John Rowan and Partners commented on the success. “Our appointment as Employers Agents and Principal Designers places us at the heart of the Southern Housing Group’s delivery programme and we’re looking forward to helping them to realise their goals. Like many Housing Association’s, Southern Housing Group is leading the charge for the UK’s housing delivery and has ambitious plans to deliver 450 new homes every year until 2025.”

Now launched, the new framework will see the Southern Housing Group undertake a partnership approach -providing new homes through a joint venture style arrangements. The contractors’ framework is part of a larger network of refreshed and new frameworks for the Group’s architects, employers’ agents, structural engineers, services engineers and principal designers. Together all these framework partners will work alongside the Group’s new inhouse building company, Southern Housing Construction Ltd, to deliver the Group’s development ambitions.

Alan Townshend, Group Development Director said, “We’re committed to delivering much-needed affordable and quality homes across a range of tenures for those who need them. In 2016/17 we delivered 393 homes, we will continue to follow this worthwhile path and aim to deliver 450 new homes every year until 2025. We need the very best team of contractors and consultants working with us to meet our objectives, we believe that our new framework will help us build consistent and reliable partnerships. We’re pleased to have John Rowan and Partners on board, they have been delivering many successful housing projects for over 30 years for our g15 peers and we look forward to working with them.”

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