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Innovation Chain North pre-tender supplier event

Building contractors, construction services consultants and clients working in new build housing in the North of England can find out more about the soon to be issued tender for the renewal of the Innovation Chain North (ICN) framework at an event on Wednesday 13 September (10.00 – 11.30am; arrivals from 09.30am).

The framework tender will include the following consultant lots: Employers Agent, Structural Engineer, Building Surveying, Architectural Services, Principal Designer, Clerk of Works, Purchasers Agent, Health & Safety Advisor, Planning Consultancy, Site Investigation Services, Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Engineering and Retrofit Consultants.

The building contractor lots will include: high and low value bands, apartment specialists and MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) wraparound construction services.

The total framework value of the new framework is estimated to be in the region of £1.5bn over four years. New and existing suppliers and clients will be able to hear first-hand about the plans for the new framework, ask questions and get advice on how to apply. Homes England will also be providing an overview of their continued support for the delivery of affordable housing and regeneration projects across the North.

Innovation Chain North (ICN) is a framework for construction and associated professional services procured under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and is therefore Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant.

Founded in 2012 and led by Great Places Housing Group, the framework is open to anyone who wishes to supply goods and services to Registered Social Housing Providers or Local Authorities to deliver mixed-use housing and associated social infrastructure across the North of England. Once accepted onto the framework, suppliers can be called on by ICN clients for a period of 4 years (2024 – 2028).

ICN strives to deliver high-quality, sustainable homes that meet the current and future needs of customers, through a framework that encourages innovation, benefits from collaborative working, and achieves efficiencies.

In the past three years, the framework has:

  • Supported 33 client organisations with their Development Programmes
  • Procured approx. £581mn of build contracts, which deliver circa 4800 new homes
  • Generated consultant fee income of £14mn
  • Generated social value pledges of £22mn which will benefit local residents and communities

The event will be held at Great Places Head Office at 2A Derwent Avenue, Manchester, M21 7QP. For more information and to book a place please visit –

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