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22 May 2014 | Gurjit Degun
A national social housing procurement consortium invited landlords and tenants to help it choose suppliers for a £292.5 million framework agreement.
Re:allies asked more than 200 landlords and tenants to score a showcase of products from suppliers tendering for its materials and distribution framework.
Attendees were able to test products including fires, bathrooms and adapted kitchens to see how easy they would be to use and how resilient in a busy home setting. They had to score the items against pre-agreed criteria including aesthetics, colour range, ease of maintenance and usage.
Re:allies, a collaboration between two housing consortia - Procure Plus and Efficiency North, is responsible for the repair and upkeep of over 500,000 properties across the North of England.
The event was led by Procure Plus senior procurement manager Clare Tetlow, on behalf of Re:allies. “This exercise is a key milestone for the procurement of the framework agreement and an opportunity for our landlords and tenants to really influence which suppliers are chosen,” she said. “The event not only gave them the chance to see the products first-hand, but the presence of the suppliers’ technical teams meant any queries could be answered by the experts.”