Wednesday, 26 May 2021

i-Flair's new 4 year framework underway

 

Contractors appointed to framework worth up to £68million across EIGHT housing associations

 

A SUCCESSFUL collaboration between eight housing associations is helping to deliver value for money for tenants AND provide a boost for communities.
 
i-Flair – as the consortium of all eight is known - operates across Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire and offers work to contractors in what’s known as a “framework agreement.”
 
 
This is an arrangement where the member housing associations can easily and quickly procure works from contractors previously accepted onto the framework. This current framework is now in place for 4 years
 
The current i-Flair members are Barrhead, Bridgewater, Cloch, Ferguslie Park, Linstone, Oak Tree, Paisley and Williamsburgh Housing Associations.
 
There are huge benefits to the concept, including speeding up the tendering process and ensuring that contractors deliver a quality and customer-focused service. Importantly, contractors are also required to deliver something called “community benefits.”
 
This comes in many forms such as helping local employment, skills development and apprenticeships – all of which are designed to benefit communities as the name suggests. Contractors are required to deliver such community benefits on work over £100,000 in value.    
 
I-flair members take their social responsibility obligations seriously and the framework agreement is the ideal opportunity for contractors to give something back to their respective communities. 
 
Now the framework – worth up to £68 million in work - has swung into action and will - on an ongoing basis - deliver kitchen, bathroom and heating replacement works, roofing and cladding, window and door replacement works.
  
Also include is electrical maintenance and works, rewires, gas servicing to existing heating systems, landscape maintenance and works and decoration works to existing properties.
 
Framework Administrator Alan Shanks of A.D.A. Construction Consultants said: “The new Framework Agreement will deliver up to £68 million of property maintenance works and services throughout East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire.
 
“I-Flair set out on a journey in 2019 to build on the success of the 2016-2020 Property Maintenance Framework agreement and provide greater opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises to access the new Framework Agreement.
 
“Support was provided by i-Flair to bidding organisations during the tender process through procurement workshops and Meet the Buyer engagement events with 82% of the contractors appointed to the new Framework Agreement being small and medium-sized organisations.  The opportunities which i-Flair will provide through the new Framework Agreement will offer invaluable support to i-Flair’s partners during the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic’”
 
Paul McColgan, Property Services Manager at Cloch Housing Association in Inverclyde, added: “I-Flair has underlined our  commitment and approach to providing apprenticeship and employment opportunities throughout East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire by ensuring that delivery of community benefits is a key requirement of the new Framework Agreement.
 
“I-Flair will seek to build upon the achievements of the 2016-2020 Framework Agreement and the apprenticeships that were created for young people in East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire through the community benefits requirements.”

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Framework Tender Update

I-Flair is a consortium of housing associations in East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. The current members of I- Flair are Barrhead, Bridgewater, Cloch, Ferguslie Park, Linstone, Oak Tree, Paisley and Williamsburgh Housing Associations. I-Flair is currently procuring a Four Year Property Maintenance Framework Agreement. Award of the Framework Agreement is anticipated by August 2020 and the requirements will primarily be delivered across East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire.

Contractors interested in bidding for the Framework Agreement may record their interest on the Public Contracts Scotland website at;

https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=APR385671

 

The Four Year Framework Agreement consists of ten individual Lots of planned maintenance works and services incorporating;

 

  • Lot 1 – Roofing and External Walls
  • Lot 2 – Energy Efficiency, Renewable Technologies, External Wall Insulation and Internal Wall Insulation
  • Lot 3 – Windows and Door Replacements
  • Lot 4 – Kitchen Replacements
  • Lot 5 – Bathroom Replacements
  • Lot 6 – Central Heating
  • Lot 7 – Gas Servicing
  • Lot 8 – Landscape Maintenance
  • Lot 9 – Electrical Maintenance and Installations
  • Lot 10 – Painting and Decoration

 

The closing time/date for submitting a tender is 12.00 BST on Tuesday 21st July 2020.

 

Meet the Buyer and Contractors Workshop Events

i-Flair’s had intended to hold  ‘Meet the Buyer’ and ‘Contractor Workshop’ Events at the Tweedie Hall, Linwood during the tender period. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Meet the Buyer and Contractors Workshop events cannot be held in person as originally intended.

The Meet the Buyer event will now involve a Powerpoint Presentation and a YouTube video which will be uploaded to the Public Contracts Scotland Contract Notice as additional information by Monday 29th June 2020 and can be downloaded by bidders.

The Contractors Workshops will be held by Zoom hosting on Friday 3rd July 2020. Bidders that are interested in participating in the Contractors Workshops should register their delegate names and email addresses to Alan Shanks of A.D.A Construction Consultants at alan.shanks@ada-cc.co.uk not later than 17.00BST on Wednesday 1st July 2020.

An email providing the Zoom hosting access details and agenda for the Contractors Workshops will be provided to registered delegates by Thursday 2nd July 2020.

Bidders are advised that the number of participant delegates from each registered bidding organisation will be limited to two persons/email addresses.

Both Events will be free of charge and the ‘Meet the Buyer’ shall provide further information through an overview of the framework, i-Flair's aspirations and a summary of the procurement process. The ‘Contractor Workshop’ will provide in-depth information on how to complete the tender documents and submit a bid through the Contract Notice.


Thursday, 10 October 2019

I-Flair publishes its first-ever newsletter as 4-year framework is launched


Autumn 2019



I-Flair has published a newsletter to coincide with the launch of a new 4-year framework. It is the first time I-Flair members have produced such a publication aimed at informing those who want to be part of its framework. The I-Flair (3) 2020-2024 Property Investment & Maintenance Framework PIN notice is now available to view on the Public Contracts Scotland web portal.


I-Flair consists of a number of housing associations in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.
I-Flair members are: Barrhead, Bridgewater, Cloch, Ferguslie Park, Linstone, Oak Tree, Paisley and Williamsburgh Housing Associations.
Together they are delivering good value for tenants while providing opportunities for suppliers and contractors – small medium sized or large.
I-Flair’s Paul McColgan – Property Services Manager at Cloch Housing Association in Inverclyde – said: “We want as many people to know about I-Flair as possible. Our new newsletter helps us achieve this and we hope it is of interest to many businesses. The I-Flair Framework is the ideal opportunity to win new business while improving the lives of housing association tenants through the delivery of high quality maintenance and repairs.”


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Tender Opportunity:


I-FLAIR (3) 2020-2024
Property Investment & Maintenance Framework

I-FLAIR have now published a PIN notice to launch the new 4 year framework for 2020-24. The PIN notice is now available to view on Public Contracts Scotland web portal. 

The specific framework lots can be found here.


We held a Meet The Buyer event on the 29th August. Information and presentations from this event can be found on the PIN notice on the Public Contracts Scotland web portal.

The Contract Notice is scheduled to be published on the Public Contracts Scotland web portal in October 2019.

We also plan to hold further Meet The Buyer events. Interested parties should refer to the Public Contracts Scotland web portal  and this website for further information on these events.