JDDK Chosen for HCA Multidisciplinary Panel Work
The Newcastle-based architectural practice of Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall (JDDK) Ltd have been chosen to be part of the Housing and Communities Agency’s (HCA) multidisciplinary panel.
JDDK are the only NE regional architectural practice to be part of the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV, one of the 18 organisations chosen by the HCA for technical services for the construction and development of homes by public sector bodies throughout the UK. The JV between the two specialist consultancies of Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design and Campbell Reith Hill LLP will operate at a national level on HCA projects with JDDK providing architectural services for specific NE regional projects.
JDDK Director, Nicky Watson, commented, “It’s obviously very early days and we have no idea of what work, if any, we will be getting through the JV, but at least we are in the frame for projects. The HCA are probably best known for financing social housing projects for RSL’s but they are also responsible for a huge amount of work directly with a brief to create regeneration and further housing from Government owned land. As such, there is fantastic potential working on regeneration and housing projects, sectors in which we already have a proven track record.”
“The panel will operate for four years and will be responsible for delivering an estimated £100m of projects during this period. The panel is made available free for use by a very wide range of public sector bodies including local authorities, central government departments, NHS Trusts and many others, to help them increase the speed and efficiency of their procurement processes.”
HCA Panels Manager, Deborah Vogwell, added, “We were very impressed by the quality of submissions we received from bidders. This new panel offers the HCA and other public sector bodies the means to procure technical services quickly and easily through a simple mini competition process.”
“This panel will help the HCA achieve its objective of working with public bodies to help them deliver homes, economic growth and jobs. It also supports HCA’s role in helping speed the disposal of public sector land for development. Over recent years we have supported use of our panels by over 200 public bodies and we look forward to this increasing.”