Contractors sought for 2,500 low carbon homes across Oxford

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Oxford City Council is seeking contractors for more than 2,500 low carbon homes across Oxfordshire in the next 10 years

One of the least affordable places for housing in the country, Oxford needs homes.

Buying or renting is a costly business but Oxford City Council is committed to helping more people across the threshold of a home they can afford.

Over the next 10 years, it aims to build 1,891 new homes. Of these, 1,125 will be council homes providing the genuinely affordable housing that Oxford needs.

An additional 301 homes will be in other affordable tenures like shared ownership.

Seeking sustainable contractors

Oxford City Council’s wholly-owned housing company, Oxford City Housing Ltd (OCHL), is looking for high quality, sustainable contractors interested in helping it to deliver more than 2,500 low carbon homes across Oxfordshire in the next 10 years.

OCHL is starting the process of establishing a £1bn modular construction framework for new housing schemes.

Over the next 10 years, OCHL aims to acquire and develop 2,245 new homes on sites across Oxfordshire.

Of these, 1,124 will be homes for social rent with a further 301 being for shared ownership and other intermediate tenures.

Together with OCHL, the council aims to open up the new framework to other social landlords, increasing the number of new homes in total.

OCHL is particularly interested in working with contractors with experience and expertise in achieving:

  • 40% carbon reduction from the 2021 future Building Regulations standard (equating to 71% carbon reduction from current 2013 Building Regulations)
  • Passivhaus equivalent standard – meeting required primary energy demand of ≤ 60 kWh per m2 per year
  • Zero carbon for regulated and unregulated energy, with a preference for low embodied energy.

OCHL will issue a prequalification questionnaire on 12 February, via the ProContract portal.

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