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Constructionline handles housing consortium's £120m framework

11 Nov 13 Constructionline has been appointed to handle the procurement of a £120m framework for housing association buying consortium Procurement For All.

Constructionline describes itself as the UK’s largest register of pre-qualified contractors and consultants. Procurement For All does the buying for 16 housing associations.

The four-year framework incorporates new build and internal works including central heating, kitchens and bathroom installations for 16 housing providers across the UK.

Procurement For All will use Constructionline to assess and monitor bidders to government standards using its online procurement system, which currently has more than 22,000 pre-qualified contractors, consultants and material suppliers.

The consortium will also use Constructionline’s ‘meet the buyer’ events and supplier days.

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Constructionline client relationship manager Michael Waddington said: “The framework represents the significant opportunities available to contractors in the housing sector.

“Using Constructionline means Procurement For All will be able to save time assessing individual pre-qualification questionnaires, for the wealth of suppliers likely to bid over the lifetime of the framework, while also gaining access to the largest register of contractors in the UK.”

Procurement For All managing director Keith Armstrong said: “A key goal of Procurement For All is attracting SMEs to bid for work, and we will be drawing on Constructionline’s services as well as its various engagement initiatives to encourage and help them to tender.”

First established in 2005 in response to the then government’s Gershon Report – which called for increased efficiencies within the public sector – Procurement For All oversees more than £45m of construction work every year on behalf of 16 housing associations in the UK. Included in this number are six shareholders – St Vincent’s, Muir Group, Equity Housing Group, Johnnie Johnson Housing, Leeds Federation and Accent Group.

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