SBS Wins Place on FCHO Framework

North West-based housing association, First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has appointed Sustainable Building Services (UK) Limited to its new four-year environmental framework.

The FCHO Environmental Framework is split into three lots. Lot 1 covers works up to £100,000 in value, lot 2 covers works up to £500,000, and lot 3 covers larger schemes. SBS bid for lots 2 and 3, which have a potential value of £8m and £14m respectively.

The framework encompasses a broad range of environmental works. Amongst others, examples include demolition, masonry and concrete repairs, groundworks, walling, paving, fencing, joinery, turfing and planting.

For each lot, bidders were scored on factors including training and development, delivery and management, risk management, communications and price. Across both lots, SBS achieved joint top scores in four of the five criteria. FCHO feedback made particular mention of SBS's ability to incorporate best practice into training, to add value to the local community, and to maintain strict controls on quality.

Lots 2 and 3 are each expected to generate up to four schemes in the 2017/8 financial year, with each shortlisted contractor bidding in mini-competitions on a project-by-project basis. 

Responding to the FCHO announcement, Group Commercial Director, Gary Lawson said: "This is the latest in a series of successful framework bids - this time for a new client, which is especially gratifying. In recent years, we've worked extremely hard to develop and refine efficient, quality-focused processes, and the scores we're achieving on our tenders prove that we're doing things right.

"As a main contractor, we manage and deliver an extensive range of schemes for social housing providers and public sector clients across Britain. Many of our frameworks are now in their second and third generations, and some relationships go back literally decades. Having been appointed to this framework, we're naturally hoping to develop an equally long and productive relationship with First Choice Homes Oldham."

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