Electrical contractors needed for £490m social housing repairs and voids DPS

Procurement for Housing (PfH) is searching for SME electrical contractors across the UK to deliver responsive repairs and voids works to social landlords such as lighting repairs, socket replacements, switch and fuse maintenance for an initial term of five years, through a new dynamic purchasing system (DPS).

Procurement services provider, PfH which has over 900 members, including housing associations and local authorities, has designed the DPS to help housing providers clear their backlog of routine repairs (estimated to be 2.6 million jobs) and procure repairs flexibly in the future. New electrical contractors can join the DPS at any time, unlike a framework.

The total value of the reactive repairs and voids work to be procured via the DPS is estimated at £490 million. Other categories of the DPS include joinery, plumbing and heating, full-service delivery of responsive repairs and voids, general repairs and specialist works such as roofing and glazing.

For each category, contractors will be required to either supplement a social landlord’s in-house direct labour organisation or to fully manage an outsourced repairs and voids service, which may include call handling, repairs diagnostics and work scheduling.

The DPS helps small, local contractors by streamlining the tender process. Once suppliers have passed the DPS selection procedure, they can quickly bid for any opportunities by submitting a tender. There is no need for them to go through the selection stage again and again for each contract opportunity.

Steve Malone, managing director at Procurement for Housing says: “Social landlords are dealing with an unprecedented backlog of routine repairs jobs plus the pressure of social distancing on maintenance jobs. We hope this DPS will help the sector to overcome some of these problems whilst also supporting SME contractors who can quickly register and bid without having to go through a time-consuming tender process.”

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