LHC – Trusted procurement for better buildings and homes

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LHC is a provider of free-to-use framework agreements used for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings

LHC delivers a simple core service: we bring buyers and suppliers together, to build and maintain public property more efficiently and cost effectively, and to benefit the local community.

Building frameworks

LHC is a not-for-profit central purchasing body who develop OJEU-compliant frameworks in England, Scotland (on behalf of the Scottish Procurement Alliance) and Wales (on behalf of the Welsh Procurement Alliance).  LHC’s frameworks are available to all publicly funded contracting authorities to procure works, goods and services to construct, refurbish and maintain social housing, schools and public buildings.

Our vision is to deliver better buildings and homes that enhance local communities.

Heritage and expertise

LHC was established by London boroughs in 1966, but now has offices and field based staff throughout England, Wales and Scotland. More than 700 public organisations have used our frameworks.

Our clients and suppliers trust in our knowledge and experience, technical expertise, commitment to better homes and buildings, and fast and efficient procurement which delivers financial gains.

Community benefit

As a not-for-profit organisation we return any surplus to our client contracting authorities, to support social value initiatives in their local communities.

Top five reasons to choose LHC

These are the key reasons to work with LHC, whether you’re a public sector organisation looking for procurement solutions, or a supplier with products or services to provide.

1 – Knowledge and experience of procurement

Our organisation began half a century ago and over five decades we’ve developed and shaped our service to meet the evolving needs of our clients.

2 – Trusted technical expertise

Our technical expertise is built on continuous research by our team of technical specialists who consult with clients, on the outcomes they need and suppliers, on the range of available solutions.

3 – Communities are enhanced with better buildings and homes

Our ultimate goal is helping our clients deliver better environments for the communities they serve. We support this goal through our frameworks, that address every aspect of quality, and through our selection of the most appropriate suppliers.

4 – Fast and efficient procurement

Once LHC Appointed Companies have been established for a framework, the process of calling-off projects and commissioning work is very efficient. Terms and rates have been agreed and even when a mini competition is required, the majority of contractual arrangements have already been finalised. Project work can then start quickly.

5 – Financial gains

Working with LHC frameworks gives suppliers access to construction, refurbishment and maintenance projects of over £100m each financial year. Clients who spend more than £200,000 on two or more frameworks in a year, will benefit from a share in the LHC operating surplus we return to Members.

Where we operate

We made the strategic decision to alter our organisational structure due to the localisation agenda in the UK which required us to have a greater understanding of our clients’ local aims and needs.

The approach we have taken allows LHC to reinforce its position as a centre of technical and procurement excellence. Our six local hubs actively contribute to our insights, as knowledge sharing between LHC and the local hubs is constant, in both directions.

LHC procurement frameworks