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A word from SWPA Director, Mary Bennell

There are ongoing challenges facing the public sector, even before the pandemic there were mounting pressures from a housing crisis, and the environmental and biodiversity crisis.

Now the demands to housing, local authority services, the NHS, police and fire and rescue services are greater than ever. We know you are all working hard to support your communities and make lasting improvements for everyone.

Team SWPA are here to help everyone, with our frameworks and DPS’, to simplify procurement and achieve value for money for projects of all complexities and sizes. Our knowledge sharing events are another way we work to promote best practise in all areas, these can be found on our YouTube channel. It has been a busy start to the financial year, find out more about our work below.

Kind Regards, Mary Bennell


How can SWPA help you procure and deliver MMC housing projects?

The benefits of offsite MMC delivery are well known and documented but utilising these methods does not seem to be happening at pace.

Read the latest article from Mary Bennell to see how our procurement solutions can help you achieve your housing goals.

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Let the public sector lead the way

Paul Dawson, group technical manager at LHC; the contracting authority for SWPA, looks at the runaway demand for the latest Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund grants and explains why public-sector led programmes to transform the energy performance of our buildings are the quickest route on the road to net zero.

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It’s boom time for MMC – time to get involved says SWPA

You will have read a lot about modern methods of construction (MMC). You may have even investigated where you can incorporate it into your plans.

But if you haven’t introduced it to any of your projects yet, now’s the time, thanks to a significant development in government policy, says John Skivington, Group Director of LHC, the contracting authority for SWPA.

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Social value in procurement

Although not a new concept increasing social value in procurement has never been more important. Team SWPA are expanding on our ongoing work with the Social Value Portal and our community benefit fund, with South West Community Matters to publish our Social Value Policy – watch out for the announcement on our social media!

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