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New programme to support small house builders

Date added: 12/06/2017

A new four year programme which will see small and medium sized house builders working for Birmingham City Council’s house building arm – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) is underway.

A tender strategy and process for the establishment of a regional Dynamic Purchasing System was approved by the council’s cabinet in June last year.  The new system will see homes built on designated small sites of up to 15 houses for a four year period.  Small and medium sized house builders located in and around Birmingham will also be available to other local authorities in the West Midlands Combined authority area and adjacent authorities wishing to use it.

The first four companies appointed are – E. Manton, Harper Group, Jessup Brothers and Oakleaf Construction Services. The ‘dynamic’ element of the purchasing system means that the council can be more flexible in the appointment of contractors and more companies will be able to come on board via FinditinBirmingham as the scheme is rolled out.

This programme will be highlighted at FinditinBirmingham's upcoming housing breakfast meeting on 7 September with Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. The event will feature a 'Meet the Buyer' session with contractors appointed on the BMHT programme alongside other house builders. Booking is due to open soon.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for housing and homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths, said:  "The development of new affordable social housing for the city is one of the council’s key priorities.  This new programme will help us to achieve that whilst at the same time stimulating and supporting the construction industry.

"To make the most of the land sites available we needed to address the issue of small sites.  As large building companies have greater overheads and higher profit margins set by their executive boards, this scheme allows us to work with the smaller companies that are best placed to build on smaller plots of land.”

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