Ayrshire Housing has launched a £2 million architecture framework for new affordable residential developments
Up to five teams will be selected for the framework agreement which is expected to cover a range of new schemes for the housing association over the next four years.
Teams will be selected on their technical capabilities and ability to demonstrate three affordable housing projects similar to the kind typically delivered by Ayrshire Housing. Those chosen for the framework will participate in mini-competitions – evaluated 80 per cent on quality and 20 per cent on price – for the individual commissions across the county in south-west Scotland.
In its competition brief, Ayrshire Housing says it is ‘committed to quality and innovation in its housing and related developments …
‘Its development activity is opportunity-led so guarantees as to the extent and form of individual commissions cannot be given at this stage. In their scale and location, these are likely to reflect the types of projects carried out by the association over the past 15 years. For the purpose of the contract notice, it is assumed that commissions may have an aggregated value of £2 million for the intended four-year period of the framework.’
Ayrshire, on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, is home to around 366,800 people, and is divided between the council areas of North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire. Its principal settlements include Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine.
Ayrshire Housing was created 15 years ago by the merger of Carrick Housing Association and South Ayrshire Homes and today manages around 1,500 dwellings in town centres, suburban districts and villages throughout the area.
Recent developments include a 22-unit scheme in Coylton by Alastair Murdoch Partnership, eight cottages by ARP Lorimer and Associates in Ballantrae, a £2 million multi-site project in Ayr by Austin-Smith:Lord, and 23 flats and townhouses in Maybole by Wren Rutherford & Austin-Smith:Lord.
Details of schemes planned for delivery under the new framework have yet to be confirmed. Teams chosen for the framework will participate in mini-competitions and also direct commissions with workloads intended to be balanced across the framework for its duration.
Interested teams will need to submit a completed questionnaire along with examples of three relevant projects. Employers liability insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance of £5 million and professional indemnity insurance of £5 million will be required.
The deadline for applications is midday, 30 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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