Ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester area have combined to offer a £400m five-year Green Deal contract for three providers, in a project described as being “suitable for SMEs”.
The contract will involve a programme of housing energy-efficiency retrofit activity across Greater Manchester.
It will run for three years from 2014 to 2017, with an option to extend for two more years.
It is hoped that a minimum of 15,000 households across all tenures will be improved, generating between £100m and £400m in the value of the contract.
Though Manchester City Council insisted bidders will be selected on regular procurement criteria, it said it considered the contract suitable for “economic operators that are small or medium enterprises”.
The successful candidate – or at least one member of the successful consortium – must be an accredited Green Deal provider by the end of June 2013.
Works will be funded through a combination of Energy Company Obligation Funding, Green Deal or other available loan financing, as well as other funding available to the householder.
The programme is to be co-ordinated by the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service.
Bids must be receieved by 18 June 2013.
Manchester City Council is procuring the contract on behalf of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
Interested parties should contact: Manchester City Council, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA or go online at www.the-chest.org.uk.