LHC open applications for new £1.2bn NH3 Framework

Applications are now open for LHC’s new £1.2 billion NH3 framework, which will help contractors deliver off-site constructed homes to assist UK communities.

Operating across England, Scotland and Wales, the new NH3 (Modern Methods of Construction [MMC] of New Homes) framework will be delivered by public sector construction framework provider LHC, Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA), Welsh Procurement Alliance (WPA), Consortium Procurement Construction (CPC) and South West Procurement Alliance (SWPA).

NH3 follows the previous NH2 framework and will include some of the new housing challenges within the public sector, having an increased emphasis on the demand for more sustainable methods of construction and a focus on housing stock that is environmentally ready for the future.

Covering a vast range of different housing types from low-rise and medium/high-rise residential dwellings to specialist accommodations like care homes, NH3 will benefit the construction of these developments. It hopes to increase the use of MMC and help to deliver high level, pre-manufactured valuable low and net zero carbon homes.

NH3a also hopes to create the opportunity for teams to have access to a wider range of MMC solutions and suppliers which will encourage more collaborations between suppliers and clients.

Head of Technical Procurement at LHC, Dean Fazackerley, said “The NH3 framework will build on the success of NH2, which has so far enabled £93.5m worth of projects with a total forecast value of £277m.

“It has contributed to the number of low carbon, modern apartments and homes for housing associations and local authorities across the country, using modern methods of construction and offsite techniques to produce cheaper-to-heat homes for the communities they serve.”

Fazackerley added, “NH3 will initially cover a range of MMC categories and features four distinct workstreams we hope will encourage both manufacturers and those that can deliver main contractor services for MMC to apply. We also hope SMEs will apply and take advantage of the opportunities available to them through this new framework.”

The deadline for applications to join the framework is 14th October 2022.