The London Development Panel is going under review according to Construction News. The Greater London Authority is trying to find the ways to involve SME and smaller constructors in the London housing development.
The present London Development Panel consisting of 25 housebuilders, contractors and housing associations was created in 2013 as the main providers of a £5bn housing scheme in London.
It includes housebuilders Berkeley, Barratt, Bellway, Taylor Wimpey and Redrow; 10 contractors, amongst them Carillion, Kier, Galliford Try, Bouygues, Lend Lease and Wates; and some major housing associations such as Places for People, Affinity Sutton, Catalyst, and London Quadrant.
The Panel is in fact a list of pre-qualified developers, each with a track record of successfully providing housing in London.
When it comes to developing land for housing and mixed-use purposes, the authorities can use the list to choose their most preferred contractor or housebuilder.
As a result it makes it quicker, easier and cheaper for public land owners including London boroughs and government bodies to release the land for development and award individual contracts without having to go through a time-consuming and costly procurement process.
The Panel was set to run for four years, however, this month it was announced that the GLA is going to review the London Development Panel list aiming to give more opportunities for construction SME.
Great Opportunity for SME to Get Involved into London Development
According to London’s new deputy mayor for housing James Murray who spoke to Construction News, London Authorities are planning to continue working with those companies on the Panel whose existing arrangements with the GLA ensure they can deliver homes quickly.
It is also understood that the companies with the established relationships with the GLA will be kept on the list.
The reason why the GLA are seeking to involve small and medium builders in London housing development is simple – by bringing in construction SME and smaller contractors the Greater London Authorities are trying to diversify London housing development.
It is not a secret that construction SME can succeed where big housebuilders fail – small contractors are able to deliver new and more varied models for housing, they are capable of developing smaller sites increasingly often brought forward for development.
The authorities also have big plans for the offsite manufacturing sector as an important part of homebuilding in the capital. The conversation is already underway with firms that have invested in offsite factories. The GLA wants to know how they can co-operate with such companies to help them get involved in London housing development.
These measures by the deputy mayor for housing are a part of the new strategy to tackle London housing crisis. According to Mr. Murray, different building models are supposed to contribute towards the overall target that the authorities are striving to achieve.
The List of the existing London Development Panel:
- Affinity Sutton Homes
- Ardmore First Base Partnership
- BDW Trading
- Bellway Homes
- Bouygues Development – Leadbitter
- Catalyst Housing
- Countryside Properties (UK)
- Family Mosaic Home Ownership
- Galliford Try (trading as Galliford Try Partnerships Limited and Linden Homes)
- Hadley Mace Holdings
- Higgins Group
- London & Quadrant Housing Trust
- Lovell Partnerships
- Notting Hill Housing Trust
- Places for People Homes
- Redrow Homes
- Rydon Construction
- Taylor Wimpey UK
- Telford Homes
- The Berkeley Group
- Wates Construction