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Homes England names 66 firms as preferred partners – list

Homes England has selected a mix of 66 contractors, house builders and housing associations for its new Delivery Partner dynamic purchasing system.

This new system replaces the Delivery Partner Panel 3, transforming the way Homes England procures house builders and disposes of land.

Switching to a dynamic purchasing system means that house builders and contractors can now apply to join the agency’s list of preferred developers at any time, rather than having to wait until the list is renewed once every four years.

It marks the biggest DPS of its kind, and, valued at £20bn, and is Homes England’s largest procurement exercise to date.

Previous delivery panel partners including national contractors like Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Mace have dropped out, although they could now apply for inclusion at any time.

The new line-up includes 24 SMEs far more small firm’s than the previous delivery panel.

Homes England delivery partner DPSBDW  TradingJohn Graham ConstructionRowlinson ConstructionsBellway HomesKeepmoat HomesRP Tyson ConstructionBromford Housing GroupKingswood HomesSanctuary Housing AssociationBugler DevelopmentsLindum GroupSeddon ConstructionCastle Green HomesLioncourt HomesSigma HomesClaritas PSP ConsortiaLondon Square PartnersSt Modwen DevelopmentsCountryside PropertiesLonghurst GroupStewart Milne HomesCrest NicholsonLovell PartnershipsStonewood PartnershipsCrossfield LivingMcDermott HomesStory HomesDeeley GroupMcLaren ConstructionStrata HomesDevonshire HomesMercer Building SolutionsTaylor French DevelopmentsDurkanMidas ConstructionTaylor WimpeyEDAROTHMorris HomesTermrim ConstructionEG Carter & CoMulalley & CompanyThirteenENGIE RegenerationMulberry HomesTilia HomesEric Wright GroupMuse DevelopmentsTolent ConstructionEsh ConstructionNorthstone DevelopmentUnited Living (South)Feltham ConstructionOptivoVistry PartnershipsHighwood GroupPersimmon HomesWates ConstructionHill HoldingsPlaces for People GroupWestridge ConstructionJ. Harper & SonsPlatform Housing GroupWiggett ConstructionJessupRobert WoodheadWillmott Dixon Construction

The Delivery Partner DPS will also be available to Homes England’s public sector partners to help them procure a developer or contractor to build homes on sites they own.

Stephen Kinsella, Chief Land and Development Officer at Homes England, said: “This marks a significant step forward in the way we work with developers to build homes.

“We’ve also simplified the application process, so whether you’re a large, nationwide housebuilder, or a small local developer, it will be easier for you to access land you want to build on.

We encourage all housebuilders interested in working with us to monitor our recently updated Land Hub, and apply to join the DPS when they see a site of interest.”

The application process is proportionate, and depends on the size of the sites that a developer wishes to bid for, making it more accessible for smaller developers.

In addition, during the application process house builders can express interest in the locations and types of sites they want to develop.

Homes England has a number of sites that it is planning to issue expressions of interest for via the DPS in the coming months.

This includes a 14-acre site on Homes England’s Northern Arc scheme in Burgess Hill, which will support around 350 homes, 30% of which will be affordable homes. The site will be divided into two or three sub plots, making it particularly suited to SME developers.

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Another site soon to be marketed via the DPS is in Cradley Heath, Dudley. Over the last couple of years Homes England has cleared disused industrial buildings from the site, and it now has outline planning permission for 89 homes.



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Married directors banned for shafting subcontractors

A married couple of construction directors from Telford have been banned for nine years each after diverting over £124,000 away from creditors.

Jane Thornton, 54, and Norman Thornton, 65, were both directors of the construction company Norjan (Properties) Limited, which went into liquidation in July 2020 with liabilities of over £411,000.

The Liquidator discovered that Norjan had informed its major client to direct payments into a new bank account from January 2020. This account belonged to a third party and over £124,000 was paid into it between February 2020 and April 2020.

The subsequent Insolvency Service investigation also established that the company had been trading while insolvent from at least 31 July 2017, and had an outstanding County Court Judgement of nearly £34,500.

Both Jane and Norman Thornton accepted that by diverting funds to the new account, they left the business unable to repay its creditors.

The Secretary of State accepted signed undertakings from both directors on 19 August 2021. Their disqualifications are effective from 9 September 2021 and last for 9 years each.

The pair cannot, directly or indirectly, be involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company without the permission of the court.

Nina Cassar, Chief Investigator for the Insolvency Service, said: “In December 2019, Mr Thornton told bailiffs that Norjan (Properties) Limited didn’t have any funds to pay its debts. Then, with knowledge of the financial position, over £124,000 was placed out of the reach of creditors.

“This ban should serve as a warning to other directors that you have a duty to your creditors. If you neglect this duty, you could be investigated by the Insolvency Service and lose the privilege of limited liability trading.”

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Equans wins £31m low-carbon Liverpool scheme

Equans, the new name for Engie’s services-led operation, has signed a £31m contract to build a 10-storey, low-carbon development in Liverpool City Centre for the Home Group.

Located on the site of the former TJ Hughes department store, Equans will construct 258 flats with ground floor retail and commercial space.

The scheme will comprise of 144 one-bedroom properties, 99 two-bedroom and 15 studio apartments – all available for private rent.

Equans has worked alongside UK Land & Property to assist with the specification and build feasibility.

All units are designed to achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of B, utilising a full sustainability strategy, which includes low-carbon electrical solution with supporting energy-efficiency features.

Tim Wood, Regional Managing Director at Equans UK & Ireland (North West), said: “Home Group is a long-standing partner of Equans and it’s been great to bring our expertise in delivering net zero carbon solutions to the table.”


Work is due to begin on the scheme in late 2021.


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