Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Final two compete for large scale council house contract

A multimillion pound housing regeneration contract is in sight for two bidding consortia, whose proposals have won them a place in the next stage of Leeds City Council’s selection process.

Regenter and Sustainable Communities 4 Leeds (Sc4L) will now work up more detailed proposals for sites across Little London and Beeston Hill & Holbeck including the design and build of 400 new council houses, complete renovation of 1300 existing council homes, environmental improvements in both areas and a maintenance contract for 20 years.

Over £160m in capital investment will be delivered as part of the government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) making this one of the most significant council house regeneration projects in Leeds in generations. The competitive method of selecting a developer encourages quality and contemporary design addressing high environmental standards, security, safety and flexibility of living space.

In the next stage of the selection process bidders will present their new build designs and refurbishment proposals for existing council homes to the communities for feedback as well as work closely with the Community Advisory Groups which have been established for each area.

The selection of a preferred bidder will be made by the end of 2009 and work is expected to start on site in July 2010. After this time, it is anticipated that a range of affordable homes and housing for sale will be built on sites cleared as part of the regeneration plans.

Cllr Les Carter, executive member Neighbourhoods and Housing said:
“I am delighted that Leeds is moving forward with this large scale regeneration project despite the current economic climate. The council is fully committed to improving the quality of life for local people, especially in identified areas of need.
“By working in partnership with the private sector and demonstrating a responsive approach to the needs of communities we can ensure the delivery of new and improved council housing, enhanced local facilities and the creation of jobs and training opportunities for local people.”

Notes for editors:
The Regeneration of Little London and Beeston Hill & Holbeck

Leeds City Council is making a major contribution to the regeneration of Little London and Beeston Hill & Holbeck through a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). The Council has been awarded PFI credits by the government and is now undertaking the procurement of a contractor for the works.

The PFI contract with the private sector will be for the refurbishment of Council properties, construction of new Council homes, some environmental improvements and maintenance of all elements over a 20 year period. The PFI regeneration project contributes to the wider regeneration plans for Little London and Beeston Hill & Holbeck.

The partnership arrangement
The regeneration of Little London and Beeston Hill & Holbeck is being led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) which are not-for-profit companies set up by the Council to manage and improve Council housing stock. West North West Homes Leeds is the ALMO for Little London and Aire Valley Homes Leeds is responsible for Beeston Hill & Holbeck.

The Consortia:
Regenter Limited
Regenter – Equity Provider & SPV Manager
Rok – Refurbishment, Demolition & Re-provision
Gladedale - Developer
Equipe – Repairs, Maintenance & Lifecycle
EDAW – Master-planning
West & Machell – Architect

Sustainable Communities for Leeds (sc4L)
Cyril Sweett Investor – Bid & Project Manager and SPV member
HBOS - Funder
Keep Moat – Design and Build main Contractor and SPV member
Arena Housing Group – affordable housing provision
Milner Build - FM provider
Michael Hyde – Architect
Gillespies – Landscape architects
Allsops – Property Consultants


ENDS

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Val Smith, Leeds City Council (0113) 247 8125
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