Local authorities and their procurement partners in framework agreements are at the heart of their local communities, working across a wide range of housing projects to deliver homes in the quantity and to the quality needed to serve their cities or regions.
Whitescape is currently working with Portsmouth City Council as principal contractor on three separate four-year frameworks. Collaborative frameworks help to reduce cost across this large public sector estate, not least by developing and sharing best practice. It also speeds up time to market, as a 12-week OJEU procurement process can be reduced to just 10 days – crucial when dealing with a two-year waiting list.
The framework has also enabled Whitescape to build confidence and trust with the city council over a series of projects, steadily increasing in size and value. Starting with the refurbishment of two blocks at Inverness Road, we moved on to Fulmer Walk, which is four blocks, and are now working on Hawthorn Crescent, which is eight blocks. Good feedback on one project recommends us for consideration on further work, giving our people a real incentive to keep delivering their utmost on every job.
Some examples of our housing work with Portsmouth City Council
Transforming homes through Disabled Facilities Grant projects, generally single-storey extensions incorporating a bedroom and ensuite for a disabled tenant.
Bringing ageing stock up to modern standards by refurbishing housing estates, extending their useful life for tenants and owners.
Turning round properties that are void through fire or other damage as quickly as possible through repairs and restitution, reducing waiting lists.
Providing sheltered housing for elderly or vulnerable people who can live independently with the right support and assistance.