Flintshire Council wished to develop new council and also affordable homes through its newly established company, North East Wales (NEW) Homes, utilising its land assets. They were undertaking an OJEU procurement process to select a partner to construct 500 council and affordable homes on council land across Flintshire, and also a partner to deliver funding options for these units, which included the delivery of Private Market Sale properties to help cross subside their own development.
PDW were appointed as a critical friend for this process to advise on all areas of new build delivery. This included advice on the tender process, evaluation and selection of the bidders, site appraisals to understand commercial viability, financial and funding appraisals, through to legal negotiations with the selected joint venture partner.
We established close links with the Council to understand their requirements and appetite for development risk and subsequently translate these into a deliverable opportunity, with the appropriate legal and commercial framework.
PDW have also worked with the relevant stakeholder partners, including Council officers, residents, planners and maintenance departments to establish a Flintshire Housing Standard to be adopted as part of this process. This enabled us to develop a balanced view of a range of national and local housing standards and establish those which suited the residents within Flintshire.
PDW were appointed for this work due to our extensive and diverse new build delivery knowledge, across the residential development sector, as well as senior level experience of delivering large scale procurement processes. Flintshire Council have benefited from this experience, ensuring a robust, deliverable and commercially viable development framework is now secured to ensure success of their objectives.
We will also add value by being readily available as the schemes progress and to help Flintshire overcome other development challenges.
With this delivery vehicle now in place and being the first of its kind within Wales, Flintshire Council are at the forefront of new housing delivery within Wales.
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