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02.05.2022 by Conan McKinley

Q&A with Conan McKinley

This month, we caught up with Conan McKinley, director of asset & building safety for Your Housing Group, to ask him about his role and the challenges facing asset managers working in the housing sector today.

Based across the North West, Your Housing Group is one of the UK’s largest housing providers, managing more than 28,000 homes ranging from affordable social housing through to shared ownership and private rent.

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22.04.2022 by Emily Bull

It’s Earth Day 2022!

The statistics are bleak, we need to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century to keep the global temperature below 1.5°C to avoid the worst consequences of the biological and ecological crises.  

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14.03.2022 by Gary Cawley

Putting the Gold Standard into practice: the value of collaborative frameworks

At the end of last year, Professor David Mosey published his independent review of public sector construction frameworks, titled ‘Constructing the Gold Standard’, on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

The review was commissioned following the publication of the Construction Playbook which sets out key policies and guidance on how public works projects and programmes are assessed, procured and delivered.

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14.03.2022 by Gary Cawley

More diversity, more local talent: getting you the right consultants

If you’re looking for an architect, surveyor, project manager or engineer for your public sector project, our new Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy Services (MDC1) Framework is designed for you.

Last month, we launched our Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy Services (MDC1) Framework, developed to offer an efficient, value for money procurement route for local authorities, registered social landlords, councils, boards, and trusts, and other public sector bodies.

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02.03.2022 by Dean Fazackerley, Head of Technical Procurement

Seven important changes within the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper

Seven important changes within the Government’s Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper consultation response

Dean Fazackerley, Head of Technical Procurement, LHC Group

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23.02.2022 by Gary Cawley

Are you using construction frameworks strategically to deliver value for money?

When you think of construction procurement frameworks, what springs to mind?

Are they something used by the largest national contractors bidding to deliver multi-million pound projects? Are they suitable only for organisations that don’t have dedicated purchasing departments? Do frameworks add an extra layer of complication and cost and can you procure suppliers better yourself?

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21.02.2022 by Tony Woods, Technical Manager at LHC

How contracting authorities can build strong relationships with the supply chain to deliver school projects

Back in February 2017, the National Audit Office estimated it would cost £6.7 billion to return all school buildings to satisfactory or better condition, and a further £7.1 billion to bring parts of school buildings from satisfactory to good condition.

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31.01.2022 by Gary Cawley

Listening to tenants: The key to successful social housing retrofit

Last month our strategic partner the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) hosted its annual summit, a jam-packed two-day online event that brought together 160 people from councils, housing associations and providers from across the north of England.

The key theme was climate change and the need to upgrade our homes to meet net zero targets.

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31.01.2022 by Dean Fazackerley, Head of Technical Procurement, LHC Group

Achieving the Gold Standard and the case for three-year budgets

Constructing the Gold Standard’ is the result of many discussions with clients, suppliers, advisers and procurement specialists like LHC. Commissioned by the Cabinet Office, the report’s 24 recommendations build upon earlier guidance in the Construction Playbook. LHC was pleased to be involved in this review process and welcomes the recommendations outlined in the report.

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25.01.2022 by Gary Cawley

Procurement for education and community buildings made easy

The importance of the right learning environment has been brought into sharp focus over the last two years, as students switched to a mix of home-based learning and hybrid teaching due to Covid-19 lockdowns and periods of self-isolation.

The pandemic has also highlighted the effect of the built environment on our mental and physical health, whether in our homes, schools, offices or community buildings.

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