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Contractors called up for £650m housing framework

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The Contractors Cutting Edge Framework agreement is being procurement by Liverpool-based housing landlord Riverside Group on behalf of the other housing providers.

It has been split into eight different area lots for projects valued up to £5.5m, with the eight regional lot covering the whole north for projects over £5m.

Works include new-build, refurbishment, demolition, site remediation and enabling works.

Regional lot and total spend


  1. Merseyside & Cheshire £120m
  2. Greater Manchester £120m
  3. Lancashire £50m
  4. North East England £50
  5. East Riding & Humber £20m
  6. West Yorkshire £20m
  7. South Yorkshire £20m
  8. All regions in north £250m

Separate contests are also being held to establish panels of architects and site agents for the housing programmes.

CEF housing associations: The Riverside Group, Magenta Living, The Regneda Group, Progress Housing Group, Together Housing Group, Irwell Valley Housing Association, Onward Homes, Salix Homes

Firms have until 7 May to return expressions of interest, with spot on the lots awarded by August 2021.

For tender information click here.

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Tilbury Douglas appoints head of digital

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Aneesa Mulla, who is currently digital construction strategic lead at the now renamed former Interserve business, will take up the new role focused on evolving digital transformation strategy.

This will include Tilbury Douglas’s response to the Government’s Construction Playbook and the increased focus on Modern Methods of Construction and Design for Manufacture.

The new role will include responsibility for standardisation, digital twin and the new ‘Asite’ platform.

Mulla has over 10 years of experience working in the construction and design sector as a BIM specialist and team leader. Prior to Tilbury Douglas she worked as assistant lecturer in CAD at Birmingham City University. 

The new role will report into Mark Buckle, who was appointed as technical director in February. 

Buckle, technical director for Tilbury Douglas said: “Aneesa has already driven significant change during her time with the company. This new position clearly illustrates our plans to invest further in our ongoing digital transformation strategy.”   

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Morgan Sindall gets go-ahead for £41m Aylesbury school

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The 1,080-place Kingsbrook Secondary School will be two and three storeys, offer a sixth form, and a 32-place Special Educational Needs Unit.

It will also feature a sports hall, pavilion, grass sports pitches, an all-weather pitch, and a multi-use-games-area (MUGA).

Preferred contractor Morgan Sindall is now expected to start work in May on the Bierton project, designed by Bristol architect AHR, with view to opening for the Autumn term of 2022.

Romford-based Essex Services Group is reported to have secured the key MEP package for the school.

Bill Chapple, Cabinet Member for Environment said that the 10, 000 sq ft school will be heated by air source heat pumps, generate The use of structural insulated panels (SIPs) is also expected to make the building cheaper to keep warm.

The roof area will have space for 204 sq m of PV panels, generating 28,600 kwh/year.

The building emissions rate will have a 44% reduction in carbon emissions and will achieve the highest Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘A’.

The operational energy will be below 60 kwh/sqm/year, considerably lower than a typical low energy new school building that is typically around 80 kwh/sqm/year.

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Construction gets delivery driver feedback app

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There is a new smart phone app designed to encouraged construction sites to improve the ways in which they take deliveries.

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