29th May, 2013

10 local authorities in the Greater Manchester area have clubbed together to offer a £400m, five-year Green Deal contract for three providers, in a project described as being “suitable for SMEs”.

The contract will involve a programme of housing energy efficiency retrofit activity across Greater Manchester.

It will run for three years from 2014 to 2017, with an option to extend for two more years.

It is hoped that a minimum of 15,000 households across all tenures will be improved, generating between £100m and £400m in the value of the contract.

Though Manchester City Council insists bidders will be selected on regular procurement criteria, it does point out that it considers the contract suitable for “economic operators that are small or medium enterprises”.

The successful candidate – or at least one member of the successful consortium - must be an accredited Green Deal provider by the end of June 2013.

Works will be funded through a combination of Energy Company Obligation Funding, Green Deal or other available loan financing, and other funding available to the householder.

The programme is to be co-ordinated by the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service.

Bids must be received by 18 June 2013.

Manchester City Council is procuring the contract on behalf of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan

Interested parties should contact:

Manchester City Council
Town Hall, Albert Square
Contact point(s): www.the-chest.org.uk
M60 2LA

Anne Parkes – Greater Manchester Green Deal Programme Manager – AGMA – will be ‘Rising to the retrofit challenge’ when she presents at the North West Retrofit Roadshow on 4th July 2013 in Liverpool – visit www.retrofit-roadshow.co.uk for further details.  A 10% early bird discount applies to up to 10th June for Retrozine readers using the following promotional code:  EBDRFR10

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