Frameworks help Esh step up social housing drive

Regional MD Simon Phillips (right) and business development manager Euan McDermott

ESH Border Construction has announced it is at the heart of Scotland’s social housing drive following a raft of new framework partnerships.

The Livingston-based firm has teamed up with Link Group, Kingdom Housing Association, Hillcrest Housing Association, Places for People, LAR Housing Trust, Thenue Housing Association, and City of Edinburgh Housing Assessment Management Framework.

Esh will work with Edinburgh-based Link Group on a four-year framework with a primary focus on new build mainstream properties along with a variety of particular needs homes. The framework also includes extensions, adaptions and rehabilitations.

The company is also part of a four-year contractor services framework with Fife-based Kingdom Housing Association, which acts on behalf of the Fife Housing Alliance, including Ore Valley and Glen Housing Associations, and Fife Housing Group. The focus of the framework will be the development of new builds for social rent in partnership with Fife Council, though it will be open to a number of local authorities and registered social landlords.

Esh has also signed up to a four-year contractor services framework with Hillcrest Housing Association for new build, refurb and regeneration projects with a regional focus on Dundee, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The Places for People partnership – a four-year development framework split geographically and by value – is designed to encourage uptake from public bodies looking to progress all types of construction jobs, while retaining a prime focus on housing. Esh will also work with Places for People on south-east and south-west Scotland projects.

The LAR framework will last for four years and is aimed at those who are willing to design and build homes according to the housing trust’s specification on sites that are owned by it or under its control.

Esh also successfully tendered for the Thenue Housing Association Development & Major Repairs Framework, which will include a £7.5 million new build project in Calton, Glasgow.

Finally, the City of Edinburgh Housing Asset Management Framework will see Esh work on general fabric repair work across the council’s housing stock.

Simon Phillips, regional managing director of Esh Border Construction said, “Our strong reputation for successful delivery of both new build and refurbishment projects has resulted in a multi-million pound pipeline of social housing projects, and we continue to expand that further with fresh framework partnerships. Winning contracts through these types of agreements undoubtedly forms a significant part of our growth strategy.

“In turn, they ensure that registered providers have a wealth of high quality contractors available at a time when there’s particularly high demand. In signing up to these progressive frameworks, we have utilised our significant experience across a broad spectrum of sectors, including education, retail, industrial, commercial, leisure, public, healthcare, and historic buildings.”