18 March 2016

Build UK and HCA Shape Delivery of New Homes

Build UK is bringing together Government and industry to look at how development and housing in both the public and private sector can best be delivered. A positive meeting was held last month between the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and a number of Build UK members following the recent Government pledge to directly build 30,000 affordable homes on underused, publicly owned land across the UK by 2021.

Recognising the need for collaboration and an open dialogue between industry stakeholders, Build UK identified the potential of this new ‘direct commissioning approach’ as an exciting opportunity for its members. 

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

“We are delighted with the response to our meeting with the HCA. By providing a direct link between Government and the skills and knowledge of our members, we are confident that we can make a positive contribution to the effective delivery of this new initiative.”

The meeting, which covered issues including procurement, design and quality and safeguarding investment, provided collective feedback from the contracting supply chain on the Government’s plans and was well received by all attendees. 

Head of Land at HCA Ian Piper said:

“It was incredibly useful to be able to get quite so many parties in the room at once to talk through the general principles as it meant we were able to assemble an industry-wide perspective, rather than just a reflection of one particular business.”

Build UK looks forward to continuing this valuable dialogue between its members and the HCA in order to provide sustainable solutions to the UK’s housing shortage.