Higgins secures three lots on Anchor Hanover Group construction framework

Posted 24/05/2021

Leading contractor Higgins has been successful in securing a place on three lots of Anchor Hanover’s multi contractor framework.

The framework will allow the Anchor Hanover to facilitate their future development programme with it expecting to build 3,200 homes for older people over the next eight years.  

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins comments, “We are delighted to be appointed to three lots on the Anchor Hanover Group framework covering projects in the South East, East of England and London and the surrounding boroughs valued at between £5 million and £25 million and those in excess of £25 million.

“We have a proven track record of building mixed tenure developments for retirement living as well as modern care homes and facilities and are successful at working closely with industry-leading consultants to deliver the highest standards with strict health and safety procedures in place. We are already underway on building a new retirement community at the former RAF Uxbridge site for Anchor Hanover and look forward to working with them on other exciting projects going forward.”

Anchor Hanover is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for people in later life. The framework projects will be predominately new build properties of approximately 80 units but Anchor Hanover will also undertake projects to construct infill extensions and refurbishments at existing housing schemes.

Richard Pullen, Head of Technical and Commercial at Anchor Hanover, said: “The framework in place is focused on trust and collaborative working, so the team can deliver a more competitive approach to procurement as well as better design and build techniques.

“The framework is in two value bands with projects between £5m to £25m and projects over £25m which are split into regions. We have identified contractors with national presence as well as those who operate specifically within core local areas. This will help to ensure the most appropriate company is appointed depending on the required local knowledge and supply chain relationships. As part of the procurement process, a number of contractors per region will be approached on a rotational basis to deliver our ambitious development pipeline.”

Victoria Mager, Head of Development Delivery at Anchor Hanover, said: “As Anchor Hanover look to increase the volume of homes being built to meet demand, our partnerships with contractors are more important than ever to ensure smooth and timely deliveries. Working with these partners, the aims throughout our build programmes are to minimise the amount of construction disturbance to existing communities whilst also ensuring that those interested in living within an Anchor Hanover community can move into their new home on time and into a property where they love living in later life.”

As part of the tender process successful contractors needed to prove their excellent service to their customers, drive to add value from its product, experience in delivering projects that match the development programme and add value through shared development expertise, innovation, genuine partnership approach and through the quality of their supply chains. 

Higgins has already started work on the £21 million contract to design and build a new retirement community at the former RAF Uxbridge site in West London tendered prior to the Anchor Hanover framework via the LDP2 Framework

The scheme will consist of 72 assisted living one and two bedroom apartments with communal spaces such as lounge, bistro, health and wellness suites, guest accommodation and staff rooms. There will also be above and below ground car parking and landscaping.