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

Building Safety Webinar and Framework launch!

Join #TeamSWPA and our guest speaker Duncan Brock, CIPS Group Director, to launch our new Doorsets, Fire Doors and Communal Entrance Doors (C8) and Roofing Systems and Associated Works (RS4) frameworks.

You’ll hear from Duncan about the drive to improve procurement competence across the construction sector, before learning about how our new frameworks can be applied and what they can achieve!

Register your place today for the webinar on the 21st October at 11am.


Bristol Housing Festival #Expo2021

Join us for an exciting two weeks of industry-leading events and discussions to shape the future of homes and communities in our city and beyond. Bristol Housing Festival bring together experts in the housing and construction industry, local government, champions of sustainable communities and residents to discuss housing, MMC, what it looks like to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies in the sector and how to build resilient communities.

SWPA are running our own webinar as part of this event, ‘Meeting Urgent Housing Needs - how can public bodies commission quality, sustainable and affordable homes at pace’. Here we will explore two procurement routes for house building using MMC methods, via a framework and a DPS as well as hearing from companies appointed to these solutions.

Click for more information and to register.


Housing Construction and Biodiversity Net Gain

Housing construction, particularly within the public sector, is facing more challenges and pressures than ever before. We are all well versed in materials shortages, the skills gap, achieving net zero goals, and the need for more diverse housing solutions to meet the current demand. Finding solutions that combat more than one of these problems is becoming more important than ever before.

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Falling off a cliff edge - Covid-19 and small charities

To say that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all is somewhat of an understatement, although some groups have been affected far more than others.

Small charities are one of the groups that have suffered the most. Many of whom diverted their usual services to address the needs of their local community in the pandemic.

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How to procure energy efficiency works

The climate emergency has highlighted to us all the need to not just improve our ways but to retrofit our existing buildings.

The recent announcement of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund being available for up to 38,000 of the UK’s worst energy-performing social homes to receive vital energy efficiency upgrades is welcome but leaves a bigger question in its place. How can these works be procured?

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