Published: Thursday, 10 December 2020

Oxford City Housing Ltd (OCHL) is looking for high quality, sustainable contractors interested in helping it to deliver more than 2,500 low carbon homes across Oxfordshire in the next 10 years.

Oxford City Council’s housing company has issued a prior information notice inviting developers to a ‘meet the buyer’ event on Tuesday 15 December.

OCHL is starting the process of establishing a £750m modular construction framework for new housing schemes. The aim of the event is for the council and OCHL to update developers on their programme and understand the market options available to help deliver more low carbon homes that can be built more quickly and with fewer defects while controlling costs.

OCHL aims to acquire and develop 2,245 new homes on sites across Oxfordshire in the next 10 years, with 1,124 of these being homes for social rent and a further 301 shared ownership and other intermediate tenures. The council and housing company aim to open up the new framework to other social landlords and deliver more than 2,500 homes in total.

OCHL and the council are currently looking at four options for delivering sustainable homes:

  • a 40% carbon reduction from 2013 building regulations
  • a 70% carbon reduction from 2013 building regulations
  • Passivhaus equivalent standard
  • zero carbon for regulated and unregulated energy, with a preference for low embodied energy

Developers wishing to express an interest in working with OCHL should register this through the ProContract portal.

OCHL intends to issue pre-qualification questionnaires and then an invitation to tender for potential suppliers between January and June 2021.


“Oxfordshire needs high quality, low carbon homes and we’re interested in working with contractors that can manufacture offsite with good economies of scale. If you’re a builder who wants to know how we intend to deliver more than 2,500 new homes in the next decade and are interested in being part of that journey, please register for our ‘meet the buyer’ event on 15 December.”

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

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