LHC framework: supply of kitchen units and worktops for AmicusHorizon
LHC has been established for 50 years and is a leading provider of free-to-use framework agreements used by local authorities, social landlords and other public sector bodies to procure works, products and services for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings.
AmicusHorizon and LHC
AmicusHorizon has over 28,000 homes and are a member of the G15, a group of the largest housing associations in and around London. AmicusHorizon needed to make efficiency savings and required an EU compliant route to tender. They conducted a London kitchen supply pilot for 50 homes. LHC’s Supply of Kitchen Units and Worktops framework (K5) was chosen as part of this exercise to help achieve AmicusHorizon’s goals of improved resident satisfaction and reduced costs. LHC provided the perfect opportunity to develop a direct contractual relationship with a kitchen supplier. Purchasing kitchens directly reduced the refurbishment contractor’s costs and associated risks, and created a cashable saving. The savings made were used to employ a Resident Liaison Officer to enhance the resident experience.
“The contract management team at AmicusHorizon are able to access technical expertise through LHC’s Technical Managers. LHC specifications are up to date and we know the products delivered through them are to the current British standards. Using the K5 framework has saved time and allowed our team to focus on contract delivery and client specific needs.”
Katie Williams - Procurement Manager, AmicusHorizon
AmicusHorizon chose to work with LHC because of the desire to demonstrate an efficiency saving whilst remaining EU compliant. LHC’s K5 framework offered AmicusHorizon the flexibility and freedom to tailor their tender to suit their needs. LHC’s technical specifications, compliancy and transparency throughout the process gave AmicusHorizon assurance they were working with market leaders and high quality suppliers.
LHC’s client team showed a strong understanding of the challenges social housing providers face, and continue to provide contract support and ensure project performance is continually improving.
LHC’s K5 framework met the pilot requirements and was used for the long term project of the supply of kitchen materials in London and Surrey which commenced April 2016 and is due to end 2021. Using LHC gave AmicusHorizon value for money and facilitated a relationship with a supplier possessing similar values. Along with non-cashable savings, a direct cost comparison with LHC and AmicusHorizon’s previous supplier illustrated a 3% cashable saving.
AmicusHorizon is going to use LHC’s K5 framework again for a new project commencing April 2017.