Become a partner

We've developed a 2-stage procurement process to support our work with a wide range of partners.

About our procurement process

Partnering with us to deliver housing supply and services involves a 2-stage 'gateway' process.

Gateway 1: Partnership

This first gateway identifies — and establishes the capacity and capability of — partners that we can work with (ready to do business).

Providers and potential providers must respond to an Invitation to Partner (ITP) which is available on the Government Electronic Tender Service

Government Electronic Tender Service

The ITP allows providers to:

  • confirm or demonstrate their capability and capacity to supply new housing places and/or housing related services, and
  • join a panel of partnered providers.

Potential providers who want to be CHPs must first be a Community Housing Provider registered with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority (CHRA), or on the path to becoming one:

Community Housing Regulatory Authority

Our role:

  • market engagement and communication
  • initial evaluation and selection of partners
  • provide clarity to sector and industry development objectives.

Gateway 2: Project

This second gateway applies when projects are identified by or allocated to one or more partners (scheme/project specific).

Our value for money evaluation for new supply projects is based on:

  • ability to deliver — there’s capacity and capability to deliver and add value
  • fit for purpose — the new housing/service is the right type in the right place to meet demand
  • financial viability — the project/scheme is financially viable for the contract period
  • price — the proposal compares well against industry benchmarks and offers value for money.

Our role:

  • advance and tailor projects, together with partners
  • support the formation of further partnerships in relation to specific projects (for example, in relation to consortium formation, such as a developer and CHP)
  • allocation of projects to partners
  • evaluation of projects according to Value for Money criteria
  • approval of funding for projects.

October 1, 2018