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Trowers & Hamlins advises Building Better on offsite homes framework

Law firm Trowers & Hamlins has supported Building Better, a National Housing Federation (NHF) backed group of 29 registered providers, on setting up their offsite homes framework.

Building Better and Procurement for Housing selected the Association of Consultant Architects Framework Alliance Contract, FAC 1 as the form of contract to embody their collaborative approach to delivering their 800 home programme worth £600 million over 5 years which the Trowers team amended to embrace the relationship between Building Better and Procurement for Housing and the three selected manufacturers, Top Hat, Ilke Homes and Impact Modular.

Trowers partner Katie Saunders said: “"Using FAC 1 was the right choice for Building Better since it underpins the alliance that the registered providers want to create to aggregate demand across their development programmes and provide a guaranteed pipeline for the manufacturers to improve process and delivery. FAC1 focusses on supply chain collaboration which is essential in standardising product development and design and building safer and sustainable homes. FAC 1 is also the Construction Leadership Council and Kings College London recommended model form of contract for modular housing alliancing."

Trina Chakravati, project director for Building Better added: "Trowers supported us on using FAC 1 to deliver our partnership-working between social housing providers and manufacturers as sharing information and learning together are critical to improving the take up of MMC and overcoming traditional barriers."

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