A £200 million fund to bring emergency lighting in the UK’s social housing up to standard has been unveiled.
News of the ambitious scheme follows a spate of revelations about the poor quality of fire safety in public accommodation prompted by last year’s Grenfell Tower fire in London, in which 72 residents died.
One recent survey showed that a third of England’s social housing towers have inadequate emergency lighting.
The £200 million fund is a part of a wider £2.4 billion fire safety procurement framework launched by Hyde Housing Association. The initiative will be made available to public bodies across England and Wales
The Hyde Fire Safety Works and Services Framework will cover a range of works, goods and services relating to fire safety.
It’s divided into 11 lots covering different types of remediation works to help make buildings more fire safe, with each of the lots being worth around £200m.
The framework covers everything from supply and repair of fire doors, to the installation of sprinklers, to cladding remediation works. Lot 4 covers the supply, installation, removal, and maintenance of emergency lighting.
Each lot will run for four years, with between two and 10 bidders expected to be invited to tender. Firms can submit bids for all lots.
Hyde will use its corporate procurement team to manage the reviews and tenders with third parties, working closely with the local authority budget owners. As a public body it says all its tenders and contracts will comply with OJEU regulations.
Hyde will manage value for money, supply market intelligence, strategic contract management, and purchase-to-pay process optimisation. It will draw up a list of preferred suppliers and develop a central contracts database.
A procurement framework is an agreement put in place with a supplier or range of suppliers that gives other organisations in the public sector the option to place orders for goods, services, or works.
Frameworks are based on large volume buying, aggregating different customer’s potential needs with the aim of securing more competitive pricing, or with special added benefits and more advantageous conditions.
Emergency lighting manufacturers, contractors and other suppliers have until 5 August to register their interest, with shortlisted firms expected to be invited to tender on 18 August.
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