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PRESCOTT'S£60,000 HOUSE CHALLENGE - NEXT MILESTONE REACHED

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33 invited to take part in next stage and new sites announced in the...
33 invited to take part in next stage and new sites announced in the

Design for Manufacture Competition

The challenge for house builders to design and construct high quality

homes for around£60,000 took another step forward today when the

deputy prime minister announced that 33 organisations would be

invited to participate in the next stage of the Design for

Manufacture Competition.

The 33 - a mixture of consortia, partnerships and individual

companies from the UK and overseas - will now be invited to submit

firm proposals in the second stage of the competition. Successful

bidders have until July to submit their Stage Two proposals.

The Design for Manufacture Competition is being run by English

Partnerships, the government's regeneration agency, on behalf of the

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Announcing the successful firms at the BRE OFFSITE 2005 conference

this afternoon, the deputy prime minister, John Prescott said:

'I am encouraged by the response from the construction industry to

step up and take on my challenge to produce the£60,000 home. The

level of interest in this competition has been staggering. We

received over 50 expressions of interest in the first stage,

involving more than 100 companies. Originally it was predicted that

between 15-25 firms would move to this next stage, but since the

quality of the entries was so high that number has easily been

surpassed.

'My Design for Manufacture Competition is challenging house builders

to think creatively and innovatively in order to provide homes that

are well designed and affordable at the same time. At a time when

construction costs are rising and we need to build more for our

money, I want to help more people get onto the housing ladder while

still driving up standards in design, construction methods and

creating truly sustainable communities.'

The deputy prime minister also announced three further sites that

will be used for the Competition - School Road, Hastings; Horn's

Cross, Stone; and Rowan High School, Merton. In total 10 sites have

now been chosen to be used by the eventual competition winners. The

successful bidders will be chosen early next year and it is expected

that work will begin on the first sites in Spring 2006.

In addition, invitations are being sent out today to those people the

government would like to be on the Design for Manufacture judging

panel. Potential panelists are from a range of backgrounds including

design specialists, local authorities, housing corporations and

environmental experts. The panel will be responsible for selecting

the final shortlist and making recommendations to the Deputy Prime

Minister.

The deputy prime minister added:

'Innovation and imagination is the name of the game. This is a

stretching challenge but one that is necessary if we are to tackle

the problems we face in terms of housing shortage and buyers being

priced out of the market. Twinned with that I want to stimulate

fresh thinking in the industry with the UK becoming world leaders in

terms of construction methods and design excellence.

'I am looking forward to seeing the developed proposals in Stage Two

- let's see what can be achieved and really make this Competition a

success - I wish all 33 organisations the best of luck in this next

stage.'

Following his keynote speech at the BRE OFFSITE conference, the

largest exhibition of off-site and Modern Methods of Construction

(MMC) ever seen in the UK, the deputy prime minister opened the new

Innovation Park, sponsored by ODPM and the DTI, which is located at

BRE. The park, that will accommodate seven demonstration houses in

total, will be used over the next two years for training purposes -

educating builders, contractors and manufacturers about Modern

Methods of Construction, renewable systems, innovative IT systems and

brand new concepts for the construction industry.

Notes

1. A full list of successful bidders is below.

Consortium Own Members of Lead Member

Name Submission/ Consortium

Consortium

Hightown Consortium GDG Management Ltd Hightown Praetorian

Consortium / AT4 Architects HA

Ltd / High Town

Praetorian &

Churches Housing

Association Limited

William Verry Partnership Weberhaus GMBH & Co William Verry (T/A

(Europe) Ltd / William Verry Verry Construction)

(T/A Verry

Construction)

Countryside Consortium Metropolitan Countryside

Properties Housing Trust / Properties Plc

Plc Acton HA /

Countryside

Properties Plc /

Presentation / Hyde

HA Ltd

Gentect Homes Consortium GHM / Genesis Genesis Housing

Ltd Housing Group / Group

BPTW / Allen Build

Ltd / Durkan / Hill

Partnership /

McCann Homes

- Consortium Persimmon Plc / Persimmon Plc

Fusion Building

Systems / PRP

- Own Redrow Plc

Keepmoat Plc Consortium Keepmoat Plc / Keepmoat Plc

Fulcrum Consulting

/ Peter Brett

Associates / PRP

Architects Ltd

Bellway Homes Consortium Bellway Homes Ltd / Bellway Homes

/ The The Guinness Trust Limited

Guinness

Trust

- Own Linden Homes

Developments Ltd

The Places Partnership Mansell Partnership The Places for

for People Housing / The People Group

Group Limited Places for People

Group

- Consortium Accent Group Ltd / Accent Group Ltd

Bridges Pound /

Goddard Wybor /

Rider Hunt

Management Services

Ltd / Carillion Plc

- Consortium Barratt Barratt

Developments Plc / Developments Plc

Advance Housing Ltd

/ HTA Architects

Ltd

- Own Leadbitter

Construction

- Own Scandinavian Log

Cabins Direct Ltd

Mace Ltd Partnership Mace Ltd / Mace Ltd

Cartwright Pickard

Housekit /JTD Consortium JTD Timber Frame Richard Pain

/ Rok Ltd / The Rok Build

Ltd / Richard Pain

- Own Taylor Woodrow

Developments Ltd

- Own Geoffrey Osborne

Ltd

Kelsey / Consortium Kelsey Housing Kelsey HA

Alloutte Association /

Partnership Alloutte Homes /

CHMC International

/ Martin Associates

- Own Westbury Homes

(Holding) Ltd

- Own Chelbury Homes Ltd

- Own Powerwall Systems

Ltd

- Own Lovell Partnerships

Ltd

- Consortium Gleeson Gleeson

Regeneration Ltd / Regeneration Ltd

B3 Burgess Ltd /

Faber Maunsell

George Wimpey Partnership George Wimpey UK / George Wimpey UK

UK & Richard Richard Rogers PTN

Rogers PTN

The Prime Consortium John Laing John Laing

Partnership Partnership / Partnership

Pinewood Structures

Ltd / PCKO

Architects

The Atlas Consortium Jarvis Group Ltd / Midsummer HA Ltd

Project Midsummer HA Ltd

Consortium Hyland Edgar Driver Bellwinch Homes Ltd

/ Faber Maunsell /

TP Bennett

Architects /

Rollalong Ltd /

Bellwinch Homes Ltd

/ Cluttons

Signature Consortium Kier Regional Kier Regional

Homes

Partnership

UK 60K Consortium ASRA / Bedfordshire Bedfordshire

Pilgrim HA / Pilgrim HA

Avebury

International Plc /

William Sutton HA

Team 5 Consortium Hester Architects / Catalyst Housing

Churchill HUI /

Widacre Homes Ltd /

Willmott Dixon

Housing Ltd / Home

Group Ltd /

Catalyst Housing

Sixty K Consortium Davis Langdon / OVE Crest Nicholson Plc

Arup / Kingspan Off

Site Ltd / Crest

Nicholson Plc /

Sheppard Robson

Northern Edge Consortium M&M Plasline Ltd / Three Rivers

Van Elle Ltd / Housing Group

Yorkshire Community

Housing / MacKellar

Architects / Urban

Salon / South

Yorkshire HA /

Three Rivers

Housing Group /

Tees Valley Housing

Group

2. The 10 sites chosen for development in the competition are listed

below.

* Allerton Bywater Millennium Community, Leeds

* Oxley Park, Milton Keynes

* Oxford Road, Aylesbury Vale

* Upton, Northampton

* London Road, Newport Pagnell

* Kingsclere Road, Basingstoke

* Leybourne Grange, Maidstone

* School Road, Hastings - announced today

* Horns Cross, Stone - announced today

* Rowan High School, Merton - announced today

3. The deputy prime minister first announced the competition to

construct a home for around£60,000 on 26 September 2004 and the

competition was officially launched in April 2005.

4. About 30% of the approximately 1000 housing units built within the

competition will be built to a target cost of£60k (the remainder

will be larger and smaller units that should be built at an

equivalent cost-efficiency).

5. In total 53 organisations submitted the Pre-Qualifying

Questionnaire by the deadline, which was 13 May 2005. 33 firms will

now be invited to submit detailed proposals in Stage Two. 20 were

not successful for a variety of reasons - they either failed to

complete the PQQ fully, or failed the financial vet or did not

specify an adequate explanation of key delivery arrangements.

6. The Stage Two brief, which organisations will need to complete and

return in July, is now available on the English Partnerships website.

7. Also today the deputy prime minister has published the technical

annex to the ODPM's consultation 'HomeBuy - expanding the opportunity

to own' which shows that people on low incomes will have the

opportunity to buy their own homes. See LGCnet for details. HomeBuy and Design for

Manufacture are just two of the ODPM's housing initiatives that

demonstrate the government's commitment to widening access to the

housing market and encouraging a step change in the construction

industry.

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