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Social landlords select suppliers for £250m materials framework

2 Apr 15 Twelve builders’ merchants have won places on a framework agreement to supply materials to a consortium of social housing companies.

Jewson is on six of the 10 lots
Jewson is on six of the 10 lots

The framework has been developed by Procurement for Housing (PfH) – a buying consortium of more than 900 housing organisations that collectively manage 75% of the UK’s social housing stock. The deal is expected to be worth up to £250m over four years.

More than 270 landlords used PfH’s previous materials framework, spending £100m over two years.

The new deal consists of 10 national lots, allowing any UK social landlord to choose from tens of thousands of building materials, plumbing and heating materials, gas spares, renewable products, tiles, electrical items, aids and adaptations, stair lifts, tool and plant hire and maintenance services from national and local merchants.

Grafton and Jewson appear to be the biggest winners. (See full list below.)

PfH said that a number of the merchants who supplied products on the former materials framework have bid for this tender “at a highly competitive rate due to the value generated from the previous deal”. This has led to significantly reduced prices across all 10 lots, it said.

As a result of better prices, wider choice and new cost control measures, PfH estimates that the volume of spend going through the new materials deal will increase significantly over the next four years with more landlords starting to use the deal and existing framework customers increasing their spend.

Prices on the new framework are set either quarterly or annually and if suppliers increase prices then PfH will assist landlords to obtain justification and manage the impact. This process also helps suppliers as the evidence they present to justify price rises often helps landlords to see that there are genuine reasons behind cost increases, PfH said.

PfH managing director Steve Malone said: “Materials represents a huge spend area for social landlords and we’ve worked closely with merchants and manufacturers to create a framework that will help landlords save but that also works well for suppliers. There are examples of merchants on our previous deals seeing spend grow from nothing to £10m in just five years. This new deal brings added flexibility and security for both suppliers and social landlords.”

The Materials & Associated Managed Services contract was awarded to the following suppliers:

1.     Plumbing & Heating Materials 

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  • Wolseley
  • Grafton
  • PTS
  • Jewson
  • NMBS

2.     Gas heating spare parts         

  • Powred
  • Wolseley
  • Grafton
  • Jewson
  • PTS

3.     Renewable Products (eg solar panel systems and biomass boilers)

  • Grafton
  • Wolseley
  • Edmundson
  • Rexel
  • PTS

4.     General building materials

  • Grafton
  • Jewson
  • TradePoint/ B&Q
  • NMBS

5.     Tiles

  • Jewson
  • CTD

6.     Electrical Materials

  • Grafton
  • YESSS Electrical
  • Rexel
  • City Electrical Factors
  • Edmundson
  • NMBS

 7.     Aids and adaptations (including mobility support and general disabled adaptations)

  • AKW
  • Contour
  • Impey

8.     Stair Lifts

  • Stannah
  • Prism

9.     Tool and plant hire

  • Grafton
  • Jewson
  • NMBS

10.  Managed services

  • Grafton
  • Wolseley
  • Jewson
  • NMBS

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