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Galliford Try team lands £113m Manchester housing PFI deal

A Galliford Try consortium has beaten Gleeson’s team to an £113 million Manchester PFI regeneration deal.

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Solutions 4 Brunswick, made up of Galliford Try, Mears and Contour Housing, has been selected as preferred bidder ahead of Fern Consortium, which includes Gleeson and Harvest Housing Group.

The Manchester City Council scheme includes the build and management of 1,150 homes over a 25-year period under the private finance initiative.

It will see S4B take over as the new housing and neighbourhood manager in Brunswick.

A council statement to residents said that S4B received “top marks” after “rigorous and detailed checking of regeneration proposals” from the two bidders.

Galliford Try will build new homes for sale and rent. Contour Housing, a not-for-profit housing association, will manage Brunswick rented homes while Mears will refurbish council homes.

Equitix will be contract managers to make sure these organisations deliver a smooth service to local people.

Work should start later in 2013 and will last several years. Final planning decisions are expected in the summer.

More than 650 council homes will be refurbished under the project, while 200 new council homes will be built including sheltered housing and over 300 homes for sale.

A S4B statement said: “Our refurbishment and new-build proposals will make homes more appealing and council tenants will also be given a choice of improvements.”

Galliford Try chief executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “This award is a further demonstration of our strength in regeneration and our ability to successfully partner with local councils across the country to deliver the housing and facilities that communities need.”

The project is a combination of government funding, private investment and not-for-profit partnership. The Homes and Communities Agency injected £4.9m into the scheme.

The council said S4B “must meet service standards set out in the PFI contract”, adding: “If they don’t deliver, they will get financial penalties.”

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