In case you missed it, the latest Q4 news round-up from SWPA

Foreword from SWPA Director, Mary Bennell  

Like everyone, we are busy preparing for the end of another financial year and thanks to our team’s hard work it’s set to be our most successful yet! I hope that despite the challenges of recent times it has also been a success for you.  

We look forward to our collaboration with everyone in the coming year to get even better results for all, and to deliver our goal – to provide the procurement solutions that help build better buildings, and communities. 


Have you seen the new Engineering Inspection Services framework? 

This framework is a first for SWPA in many ways! It was developed by our London and South East team in conjunction with Southwark Council, ensuring that it would be suitable for all public sector organisations to use.  

This framework aims to provide an efficient and cost effective way of ensuring their plant, machinery and equipment meets the latest industry and legal standards.  

It applies to plant, machinery, and equipment in many different scenarios, including:  

  • Individual street dwellings  
  • High and low rise blocks  
  • Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)  
  • Sheltered housing units, hostels and community halls  
  • Office buildings and commercial units 
  • Leisure centres and park spaces  
  • Boiler and plant rooms  
  • Workshops and garages   

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Housing Innovation, Data and Outcome Led Procurement: The emerging solution to incubate new MMC housing supply and address the housing crisis – Webinar 

We recently held a webinar with Constructing Excellence, Bristol Housing Festival, Cornwall Council, and Constructing Modern Methods (CMM) to explore the MMC housing supply as an emerging market capable of being part of the solution for the housing crisis, and to launch our new Low Carbon Offsite Housing DPS!  

If you missed it, or want to watch it again, the video is available on our YouTube channel.  

A DPS can be applied for at any time, so any MMC manufacturers wanting to join can apply now!  

Watch it here


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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Time to #BreakTheBias for International Women’s Day 2022! 

International Women’s Day 2022 is recognised across the globe, IWD celebrates women’s achievements and champions gender equality, this year IWD calls for us all to break the bias!    

SWPA are proud to have supported this day, our team made pledges for the year to come as we hope to reduce the inequalities that exist – especially in the construction industry!   

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Innovation Cultures – Modern Methods of Construction and the one barrier that rules them all… 

SWPA have been working with Bristol Housing Festival for several years, most recently we have partnered together with Constructing Modern Methods to create our latest procurement solution – the Low Carbon Offsite Housing Construction DPS.  

Jez Sweetland, Project Director at Bristol Housing Festival has been exploring innovation cultures in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), read all about it and see the Top 10 Tips!  

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Save the date!  

On Thursday 28th April at 11am SWPA will be hosting a roundtable event to explore the next edition of our Offsite Construction of New Homes framework and our current Low Carbon Housing DPS!   

We want your feedback on these procurement solutions and we will be discussing effective delivery, zero carbon homes and much more!  


What you need to know about the UKCA mark 

Brexit is bringing in new changes for the construction industry across the UK. We all have a responsibility to maintain compliance and continue to build better buildings and homes.  

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Supplier Spotlight!  

This quarter, we wanted to highlight M-AR Offsite! They are appointed to the Modular Buildings (MB2) and Offsite Construction of New Homes (NH2) frameworks, to promote themselves and the frameworks they wrote a blog for the SWPA website!  

Any SWPA appointed company can write blogs for us and advertise events through our website. If you are interested in doing this contact Emily Bull,    


New Opportunities with SWPA and LHC! 

There are currently lots of new opportunities with SWPA and our central hub LHC! We have frameworks in the pre-tender stage for Consultancy Services (CS1) which cover construction, energy efficiency and fire safety consultants, and Modern Methods of Construction for New Homes (NH3) which has a wider scope than the previous framework including principal contractors!  


The contract notice for Kitchen Supply (K7) is finalised and will be available for application shortly.  

And of course, our Whole House (WH) and Low Carbon Offsite Housing (LCH) DPS’ can be applied for at any time!   

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Public Buildings Construction and Infrastructure Launch Webinar 

We recently held a webinar with Kier Construction and Galliford Try to launch the Public Buildings Construction and Infrastructure framework and explore the industry latest in social value and MMC!  

If you missed it, or want to watch it again, the video is available on our YouTube channel.  

Watch it here


How modular construction is supporting the healthcare sector to achieve its sustainability goals 

Sustainability is high on everyone’s agenda, having been particularly spurred on by the COP26 conference, and the healthcare sector is no different. This is especially the case for the public sector, which is under pressure to support the Government’s green initiatives and the net zero targets.  

David Hartley, Managing Director at MTX, discusses how modern methods of construction (MMC) are proving beneficial to the healthcare sector, when it comes to supporting their sustainability goals, particularly under the increased pressures brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.   

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

SWPA benefit from regional and national expertise, across several disciplines, from our local team, other teams throughout the UK, and our technical and procurement hub at the LHC head office. Read more from our Technical Manager, Tony Woods.  

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