Higgins appointed to £1.35bn Building and Fire Safety Framework

Posted 05/06/2023

Higgins Partnerships has been appointed to two lots on a new four year £1.35bn framework which has been launched to support housing providers and other public sector organisations, delivering all aspects of building safety compliance.

Designed and procured jointly by the Hyde Group and Echelon Consultancy, the PCR 2015-compliant Building and Fire Safety framework formally became live on Monday 24th April, and will be managed by Pretium Frameworks, on behalf of the Hyde Group.

Higgins has been appointed on:

  • Lot 8 (national) for External Wall Works
  • Lot 11 (sub-lots covering the regions of North/Midlands and Wales/South West/South and East/National) for Fire Safety Projects (over £1.5m)

Steve Bailess, Pre-Construction Director for Higgins Partnerships comments, “We are pleased to be appointed to two lots on the Hyde Group framework. Our specialist works team are highly experienced at successfully planning and delivering fire safety remediation and refurbishment projects and have a proven track record of providing a professional and comprehensive service from inception to completion ensuring clients and key stakeholders are at the forefront of all decision making. We look forward to working with local authorities, housing providers and public sector organisations through this framework.”

Building on the success of Pretium and Hyde’s first-generation fire safety services framework, it is designed to offer practical solutions to each element of work to enable compliance with the Building Safety Act, as well as building on the current fire safety-related works and services, from the original framework.

Projects of all sizes can be delivered through the framework, from fireproofing to external wall works, and there is the capacity to support with requirements such as building safety case reports, and resident engagement strategies.

Liz Oliver, Hyde’s Safer Homes and Neighbourhoods Director added: “Our customers’ safety is and has always been our top priority. We’re investing significantly in building and fire safety-related works and procured this framework to allow easier access to suppliers to deliver these works and services.

“The framework was set up with excellent partners and will be available for all public sector organisations to use.

“It was developed using expert specialist advice from the fire safety sector, and through this framework we’re able to deliver quality services, making sure we manage and address building and fire safety issues accordingly and get better value for money.”

The framework has been developed using expert specialist advice, with Frankham Risk Management Services acting as technical adviser, where appropriate, and technical documents have been co-produced with a bespoke specification for each Lot.

“Our first-generation framework was very much focused on fire safety. During the lifetime of that framework the Building Safety Act came into being, providing an opportunity to reframe the new offer to build in additional works and services, supporting housing providers in all areas of building safety compliance,” explains Jessica John, Director of Framework Partnerships at Pretium Frameworks.

“The consequences of failing to deliver on building safety are extremely serious and we are delighted to be able to provide an easy to use and flexible mechanism for housing providers to deliver vital building safety projects, using a competent and accredited supply chain.”

For further information about Higgins Partnerships please visit www.higginspartnerships.co.uk