Epping Forest District Council is seeking design teams for a £20 million council house-building programme
The local authority has launched a framework – worth £5 million in fees – for consultants to deliver the new homes which will be constructed on a variety of small sites within the Essex district which borders Greater London.
The framework is divided into two lots covering multidisciplinary design team services and employer’s agent and cost consultancy services. It will run for four years and is part of the local authority’s plan to deliver 30 new subsidised homes on former garages and other council-owned sites every year.
According to the brief: ‘The council initially agreed its approach to the introduction and implementation of a new council house building programme, based on the construction of around 20 new homes each year for at least six years. This was later increased to around 30 new homes per year over 10 years.
‘To date, the council has completed phase 1 of its house-building programme, and is currently on-site with phases 2 and 3. The council is now seeking expressions of interest for a further 36 sites, which have now achieved planning permission and will be delivered through this new approach.’
Epping Forest District is named after a 2,400ha ancient woodland which is mostly within the local authority area. It is popular with commuters to the capital and is home to around 130,000 people.
The latest framework includes a range of small developments in settlements such as Waltham Abbey, Ongar and Loughton.
Multidisciplinary teams chosen for the framework will be expected to include architecture; civil and structural engineering; mechanical, electrical and public health engineering services; and principal designer services.
The deadline for applications is midday, 26 February.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Epping Forest District Council
Tel: +44 1732600500