Peabody is launching a construction consultancy services framework worth an estimated £100 million in fees
Teams selected for the four-year Primary Consultants Framework will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects with the housing association, which wants to deliver more than 3,000 new homes every year from 2021.
The framework is divided into 10 lots with the architecture lot – worth an estimated £6.25 million per year in fees – set to cover masterplanning, refurbishments and ad hoc advice. The framework comes a year after Peabody completed a merger with Family Mosaic to create one of the largest housing associations in London and the South East with 55,000 homes.
In its brief, Peabody says it will ‘continue to invest in our existing homes so that they meet the current and future needs of 21st-century families. But we will also build more homes each year, working with partners to tackle the housing crisis and extending our offer to those with the greatest housing need.
‘Peabody is expanding its development programme and since merging with Family Mosaic in July 2017 has made a successful start in building a pipeline to deliver over 3,000 homes per year from 2021. Peabody’s role as a responsible and accountable developer, exerting the appropriate level of control and influence over its projects, is also intended to increase to match and facilitate this ambitious target.’
Peabody was founded by American philanthropist George Peabody in 1862, and is one of London’s largest providers of public housing. In 2018 it completed a £618 million merger with Family Mosaic, creating a development pipeline of 11,825 homes across London and the South East.
Major projects underway include a 1,500-home regeneration of Thamesmead designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects, Mecanoo, Bell Philips Architects, Pitman Tozer Architects and Project Orange; and 1,000 units on the site of Holloway Prison masterplanned by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
The new framework will replace Peabody’s £130 million Major Projects Panel which was launched in 2014. Teams selected at the time included Alison Brooks Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Haworth Tompkins Architects and Mecanoo.
The new framework’s 10 lots will cover architecture, landscape architecture, building services engineering, structural engineering, employers agents, quantity surveying, project management, development consultancy, planning consultancy, and valuation surveying.
Peabody is starting with procuring the first seven lots and the remaining three will be launched at a later date. Bidders for the framework should hold £10 million of professional indemnity insurance, £5 million of public liability insurance, and £5 million of employer’s liability insurance.
Around 16 architects will be shortlisted. Applications will be evaluated 80 per cent on quality and 20 per cent on cost. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 6 December.
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Jack Ostrofsky, head of design and technical at Peabody
Why is Peabody renewing its primary consultants framework?
Peabody’s previous and existing four-year frameworks produced excellent developments. Amelia Street (Alan Camp Architects) and Wharf Road (Pollard Thomas Edwards architects) are fantastic examples of its quality, as are Mint Street (Pitman Tozer), Silchester (Haworth Tompkins) and Stirling Prize-nominated Darbishire Place (Niall Mclaughlin Architects) on our Whitechapel estate. All of these will stand the test of time as exemplar Peabody buildings.
The new framework reflects the new Peabody. We want to maximise the number of new social rented homes and will take a mixed approach to delivery. This will be through joint-ventures and as the master developer on schemes, as well as through quality S106 partnerships with others.
We have doubled in size and will be delivering multiple complex projects on a scale we have not done before. Retaining a relentless focus on quality while delivering at pace and scale in the context of the affordable housing crisis is key to what we are looking for.
What kind of work will the new framework be used to deliver?
We would encourage firms to consider the Peabody Design Guide when putting together proposals. This explains our core principles and ambitions for developing new homes and neighbourhoods. It shows what we would expect to see, from practical designs of communal facilities and amenities, to operational housing management considerations, to the layouts, specifications and features of the homes and places we create or enhance.
We will need a mixed team, but one that is capable of master-planning major sites, or smaller blocks and spaces within larger sites. We will be developing to BIM level 2, increasing the quality and buildability of designs and facilitating true collaboration between disciplines such as architecture, building services and structural design with the contractors and ourselves as the client.
Sustainability and liveability will also be an important part of the work. We want a team of architects with a strong understanding of the interface between sustainable design and the wellbeing of residents for the long-term. We are investing for the long-term so will require a focus on reducing carbon emissions and reducing energy costs for consumers.
What sort of architects and designers are you hoping will apply?
We are emphasising collaboration within the framework and there will be opportunities for everyone. We want firms to prioritise quality, building safety, deliverability, collaboration and sustainability over price (which is obviously fundamental to not just feasibility but our goal of reinvesting in future developments).
We are also looking for firms to demonstrate their experience of a rigorous design review process. This will include workshops with staff from across Peabody, charettes with wider project teams, and scrutiny at board level. We are certainly keen to hear from anyone with a vision of what Peabody’s homes for the future might be like. As with previous frameworks we won’t rule out special projects in the future which complement the framework. With the expanded development programme there are going to be plenty of opportunities.
Which other design opportunities are on the horizon and how will the architects/designers be procured?
We are certainly open to contests in the future and are attracted to the idea of intra-framework competitions for individual projects, or components of bigger schemes. Anything that helps us get the best possible buildings that help create the best places for people to live is on the table. That said, any contests will also be within a collaborative context: Fish island (Pitman Tozer, Haworth Tompkins, Lyndon Goode) is a great example of how architects can design individual blocks which fit together within a wider masterplan.
Landscaping and thoughtful use of green spaces and public realm within schemes will be in evidence across our development programme, but especially in Thamesmead which has such spaces in abundance.