Net Zero Carbon or Low Carbon Housing Developments – Market Engagement

  • Net Zero Carbon or Low Carbon Housing Developments– Market Engagement

Publication reference: 2021/S 000-017041
Publication date: 20 July 2021

F01: Prior information notice

Prior information only

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Wokingham Borough Council

Civic Offices, Shute End

Wokingham

RG40 1BN

Contact

Ms Kate Dyall

Email

kate.dyall@wokingham.gov.uk

Telephone

+44 1189746000

Country

United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKJ - South East (England)

Internet address(es)
Main address

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk

Buyer's address

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk

one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

one.5) Main activity

General public services


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Net Zero Carbon or Low Carbon Housing Developments – Market Engagement

Reference number

DN553601

two.1.2) Main CPV code
  • 45000000 - Construction work
two.1.3) Type of contract

Works

two.1.4) Short description

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to the delivery of housing to meet the needs of its residents across the Borough, through high quality, affordable housing, which meets the highest sustainable credentials and deliver best value for money for the Borough’s residents.

This commitment includes the utilisation of some of the Council’s own land assets for housing.

We have two greenfield sites which we are seeking to develop with a mix of private and affordable housing, high quality open spaces and supporting infrastructure such as roads and utilities. Outline planning applications for the two sites have been submitted with determination anticipated in autumn 2021. It is currently envisaged that the sites will involve up to 87 and up to 130 units respectively with a mixture of one-to-four-bedroom units, though the exact number could change. The appointed developer will need to secure reserve matters planning consent.

Wokingham Borough Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 which commits us to playing as full a role as possible in reducing our carbon footprint to be net zero carbon by 2030. Our Climate Emergency Action Plan was approved at council in January 2020 and lays out the initial steps on our journey to achieve net zero carbon by 2030.

To meet our net zero carbon target, we are fully invested in delivering, as far as possible, net carbon zero housing developments. We are therefore seeking to find the most feasible and best value option, which significantly reduces the operational carbon footprint of the development – ideally fully achieving net carbon zero.

It is intended therefore that both developments should achieve the most feasible and best value option of reduction of carbon operational performance, be gas free and have the higher water efficiency standards contained in Regulation 36 of the Building Regulations. It is aimed to achieve a net gain of at least 10% of biodiversity on both sites.

The Council is also interested to explore how potential contractor(s) will consider embodied carbon reduction and reducing carbon emissions associated with the construction. We are also particularly interested in what the incremental cost would be of building zero carbon versus standard building standards.

Our ambition is to deliver a split of approximately 50% private dwellings and 50% of affordable housing on site, subject to financial assessment. The Council is interested to understand the different financial delivery models that could be used to deliver these housing developments. It is anticipated that the developer would own and be able to sell the private properties whilst the affordable housing would be managed by the Council’s housing company.

We would like to hear supplier views on what the council should consider with regard to developing these sites in the best possible way. Depending on the number of interested suppliers, we will either host a number of supplier events with interested developers, or we will set up meetings with interested parties on a one-to-one basis, in the weeks following the closing date. This will be done either remotely or in person, depending on the Government’s guidance at the time of the event(s) and the number and location of suppliers. The relevant information obtained as part of the market engagement events will be carefully collated and incorporated into the subsequent tender documents.

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom
two.2.4) Description of the procurement

We have two greenfield sites which we are seeking to develop with a mix of private and affordable housing, high quality open spaces and supporting infrastructure such as roads and utilities. The sites are located at Winnersh Farm and Toutley East. Outline planning applications for the two sites have been submitted with determination anticipated in autumn 2021. It is currently envisaged that the sites will involve up to 87 and up to 130 units respectively with a mixture of one-to-four-bedroom units, though the exact number could change. The appointed developer will need to secure reserve matters planning consent.

At this stage, the Council is considering all procurement options and, if appropriate, the procurement may be divided into two lots with the option for bidders to tender for one or two lots.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

24 October 2021


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Net Zero Carbon or Low Carbon Housing Developments– Market Engagement

two.1.2) Main CPV code
  • 45000000 - Construction work
two.1.3) Type of contract

Works

two.1.4) Short description

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to the delivery of housing to meet the needs of its residents across the Borough, through high quality, affordable housing, which meets the highest sustainable credentials and deliver best value for money for the Borough’s residents.

This commitment includes the utilisation of some of the Council’s own land assets for housing.

We have two greenfield sites which we are seeking to develop with a mix of private and affordable housing, high quality open spaces and supporting infrastructure such as roads and utilities. Outline planning applications for the two sites have been submitted with determination anticipated in autumn 2021. It is currently envisaged that the sites will involve up to 87 and up to 130 units respectively with a mixture of one-to-four-bedroom units, though the exact number could change. The appointed developer will need to secure reserve matters planning consent.

Wokingham Borough Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 which commits us to playing as full a role as possible in reducing our carbon footprint to be net zero carbon by 2030. Our Climate Emergency Action Plan was approved at council in January 2020 and lays out the initial steps on our journey to achieve net zero carbon by 2030.

To meet our net zero carbon target, we are fully invested in delivering, as far as possible, net carbon zero housing developments. We are therefore seeking to find the most feasible and best value option, which significantly reduces the operational carbon footprint of the development – ideally fully achieving net carbon zero.

It is intended therefore that both developments should achieve the most feasible and best value option of reduction of carbon operational performance, be gas free and have the higher water efficiency standards contained in Regulation 36 of the Building Regulations. It is aimed to achieve a net gain of at least 10% of biodiversity on both sites.

The Council is also interested to explore how potential contractor(s) will consider embodied carbon reduction and reducing carbon emissions associated with the construction. We are also particularly interested in what the incremental cost would be of building zero carbon versus standard building standards.

Our ambition is to deliver a split of approximately 50% private dwellings and 50% of affordable housing on site, subject to financial assessment. The Council is interested to understand the different financial delivery models that could be used to deliver these housing developments. It is anticipated that the developer would own and be able to sell the private properties whilst the affordable housing would be managed by the Council’s housing company.

We would like to hear supplier views on what the council should consider with regard to developing these sites in the best possible way. Depending on the number of interested suppliers, we will either host a number of supplier events with interested developers, or we will set up meetings with interested parties on a one-to-one basis, in the weeks following the closing date. This will be done either remotely or in person, depending on the Government’s guidance at the time of the event(s) and the number and location of suppliers. The relevant information obtained as part of the market engagement events will be carefully collated and incorporated into the subsequent tender documents.

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom
two.2.4) Description of the procurement

We have two greenfield sites which we are seeking to develop with a mix of private and affordable housing, high quality open spaces and supporting infrastructure such as roads and utilities. The sites are located at Winnersh Farm and Toutley East. Outline planning applications for the two sites have been submitted with determination anticipated in autumn 2021. It is currently envisaged that the sites will involve up to 87 and up to 130 units respectively with a mixture of one-to-four-bedroom units, though the exact number could change. The appointed developer will need to secure reserve matters planning consent.

At this stage, the Council is considering all procurement options and, if appropriate, the procurement may be divided into two lots with the option for bidders to tender for one or two lots.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

24 October 2021


Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes