Procurement for Housing (PfH) is seeking SME glazing contractors across the UK to carry out responsive repairs and voids works to social landlords to tackle ‘an unprecedented backlog of routine repairs’ around its 900 member organisations.

The £235million procurement group says: “Glazing contractors are needed for an initial term of five years and will deliver the work through a new dynamic purchasing system (DPS).

“PfH …has designed the DPS to help housing providers clear their backlog of routine repairs (estimated to be 2.6 million jobs) and procure repairs flexibly in the future. New glazing contractors can join the DPS at any time, unlike a framework.”

The total value of the reactive repairs and voids work to be procured via the DPS is estimated at £490million around categories including electrical, heating and plumbing, full-service delivery of responsive repairs and voids, general repairs and specialist works such as roofing.

For each category, contractors will be required to either supplement a social landlord’s in-house direct labour organisation or to fully manage an outsourced repairs and voids service, which may include call handling, repairs diagnostics and work scheduling.

The group adds that the DPS helps small local contractors by streamlining the tender process. Once suppliers have passed the DPS selection procedure, they can quickly bid for any opportunities by submitting a tender and there is no need for them to go through the selection stage again and again for each contract opportunity.

Steve Malone, the group’s managing director said: “Social landlords are dealing with an unprecedented backlog of routine repairs jobs plus the pressure of social distancing on maintenance jobs. We hope this DPS will help the sector to overcome some of these problems whilst also supporting SME contractors who can quickly register and bid without having to go through a time-consuming tender process.”

Procurement for Housing was set up by the National Housing Federation (NHF), Chartered Institute for Housing (CIH) and HouseMark in 2004. It procured £235 million worth of goods and services for over 900 UK social housing organisations in 2019, which it says created £17 million worth of savings.