LHC and Southwark Council have launched the Architect Design Services (ADS) framework, this will create a list of architectural practices and new design talent at the fingertips of local authorities and social landlords in Greater London
The ADS framework covers a wide range of disciplines from master planning and feasibility work to education, social care and community provision, new homes, commercial and industrial projects, conservation and heritage, public realm and landscaping.
In addition, a pioneering new lot in the four-year framework covers ‘new design’, open only to emerging designers with turnover below £2m.
This lot can be used to call off smaller practices for projects which fit into any construction category or value and gives public sector clients in Greater London access to SME and micro-practices not typically found on frameworks.
A new webinar
A free webinar is being held on Thursday 4 June for public sector clients to find out more about the framework and the awarded practices. The webinar will also give attendees the opportunity to ask LHC’s technical experts any questions they have about the process of using the framework.
Social and economic regeneration
Jennifer Castle, regional manager at LHC London and South East, said: “The ADS framework was developed to ensure that it addresses all of the design needs of local authorities, registered social landlords, tenant management organisations, ALMOs and other public sector clients in the Greater London region.
“Through collaborative working, we created a procurement process that attracted 365 good applications and has resulted in the final choice of 110 of the best architectural practices able to deliver innovative construction services to the public sector in London. These include a new generation of designers who have not been accepted onto frameworks before.
“What all these practices have in common is that they have demonstrated a thorough consideration of residents and the wider community. They have provided evidence that they can deliver schemes that have an astonishing and profound impact on the social and economic regeneration of an area, improve employment opportunities and enhance sustainability.
“In the drive to ‘build back better’ after the coronavirus crisis, these are just the visionary and trustworthy designers and architectural practices that any London council will want to work with.”
To sign up to the ADS framework webinar, look here.