Wates has been appointed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) as preferred development partner for the first HCA-owned site to be procured through its Delivery Partner Panel (DPP).
Wates Living Space will redevelop the former Guest Hospital in Dudley, which includes retaining the historic buildings, creating 218 market sale and affordable homes built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, alongside green open spaces and a community facility.
The DPP was established in January 2010. So far, 14,500 homes have already been identified to be delivered by partners procured through the panel.
Steve Trusler, strategy director at Wates Living Space, said: “We are delighted to be selected to deliver the first HCA owned site through the Delivery Partner Panel alongside our partner Accord Housing Association.
“The Delivery Partner Panel has proved a great way of speeding up the procurement process and will be an important model in assisting with the future delivery of affordable housing.
Around 6,000 new and affordable homes have already been identified for construction on non-HCA owned public sector land, by organisations using the DPP.
So far over 35 public sector organisations have signed an agreement with the HCA and are in the process of using the panel to procure partners for their own sites, ranging from small projects of around 20 homes to large renewal schemes that require a mix of expertise.
The DPP will operate until 3 January 2013.