Stoke-on-Trent City Council will now analyse details from a number of companies who applied for the extra care housing programme, after a European tendering deadline passed last week.
The council placed a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union – the publication that all public sector tenders for major projects must be published to – in November, to start the process to design, build, finance and operate the homes.
The scheme will deliver much needed extra care housing in the city – where older people can live independently and have the option of round the clock personal care, should they require it. The scheme gives residents the chance to prepare for their housing need in the future, and provides privacy and security. The homes also have communal facilities, open to both residents and the wider community, such as hair salons, gyms and cafes, to foster support networks and reduce social isolation.
Bidders were invited to submit details of their experience and ability to deliver such a major contract. As part of the process, the council held a bidder’s conference on 7 December, where around 85 companies met the council’s team to find out more about the programme.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, said
We have had a number of responses and are now working through the submissions of pre-qualification questionnaires by bidding parties.
We will now be conducting a process of assessment to select up to six consortia to discuss their proposals to deliver the scheme. Given the tight bidding timescales we are pleased to have achieved this first step on time
The sites allocated for the 390 new homes are
- Holdcroft Fields, Holdcroft Road, Abbey Hulton.
- Blurton Farm/Brookwood site, Consett Road, Blurton.
- Turnhurst Road, opposite Selbourne Drive, Chell.
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Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing and neighbourhoods, said
This is another key milestone in delivering such a major, exciting project. Our city has an ageing population and these units are vitally important to help meet demand for supported accommodation for our residents.