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Big names secure spots on solar framework deal

Wates, Apollo Property Services and Keepmoat are among contractors that have won places on a solar framework worth up to £225 million over four years.

The photovoltaics and solar framework agreement is the first of five to be released under a joint retrofit arrangement between Fusion 21 and Procurement for Housing. It has been awarded in two lots to 36 suppliers. Lot 1 is for supply only, for which 15 suppliers have been named. Lot 2 is for supply and installation, and 24 suppliers and contractors have been named.

Wates Living Space, Keepmoat, npower, British Gas New Heating and Apollo Property Services Group are among those named on the framework’s supply and installation lot.

Breyer Group, Herbert T Forrest, Jackson Jackson & Sons, SIG Energy Management and Cumbria-based Top Notch Contractors are also in line to win work under Lot 2.

PfH has more than 750 members, including housing associations, arms-length management organisations and local authorities, who collectively manage more than 3.6 million properties.

It has joined with housing association procurement partner Fusion 21 to develop the agreement on sustainable retrofitting.

Fusion 21 head of procurement and supply chain Helen Marsh said: “A lot of our clients want to make use of feed in tariffs so we joined our knowledge and expertise to achieve a successful framework.

“There will be work for everyone because some of the contractors are based in certain regions and others may not want to bid for more work as they will be at capacity.”

Contracts are currently being finalised but could be worth up to £15m at a time.

Fusion 21 and PfH are set to unveil frameworks for insulation; mechanical ventilation heat recovery and heat recovery ventilation; flue gas heat recovery; and pumps before October.