Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
357. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if housing investments are subject to individual tenders; and if a panel of approved contractors can be used to deliver projects as they arise against a standard cost profile. [24510/21]
Social housing construction projects (as with all publicly funded construction projects), must be competitively tendered, in accordance with the public procurement guidelines, to ensure transparency as well as value for money for the tax-payer and must comply with the Government’s Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF). The CWMF is for use by contracting authorities involved in the expenditure of public funds on construction projects and related consultancy services.
Local authorities can utilise a Public Works Framework Agreement to procure construction works. A framework is a list of contractors that have prequalified following an advertised competitive process. These framework contractors then compete in a mini-competition for specific projects, which streamlines the procurement process, as it is not necessary to advertise the competition for each project.