Seven kitchen manufacturers, suppliers and retailers have won places on a £20 million public sector project framework.
The £20m framework is intended to deliver modern, accessible and sustainable kitchens to social housing providers and the public sector nationwide.
The four-year Supply of Kitchen Units and Worktops (K7) framework from public sector procurement specialist LHC went live on September 1 and is worth up to £11m in England, £2.5m in Wales and £6.5m in Scotland.
The kitchen suppliers and retailers appointed to the framework nationally are:
• Benchmarx, trading as Travis Perkins;
• Joinery & Timber Creations (65) Ltd;
• Magnet Kitchens;
• Moores Furniture Group;
• Richmond Furniture;
• Dennis & Robinson Ltd, trading as Paula Rosa Manhattan;
• City Building (Contracts) LLP.
The K7 framework is available to social housing providers and local authorities, public sector organisations running care homes, sheltered housing, halls and day care centres, or publicly owned buildings where residential-style modern kitchen supply and fitting is needed, such as libraries, museums, conference centres, sports halls and potentially some other educational and healthcare buildings. It can be used to procure impaired mobility kitchen options, cabinets, worktops, moisture-resistant worktops and associated products, such as sinks, taps and energy-rated appliances.
It builds on the previous K6 framework and offers a broader range of inclusive kitchens, wider worktop and cabinet colour choices and increased product specifications.
Commenting on the development, LHC head of technical procurement Dean Fazackerley said: “K7 brings to the table seven pre-approved suppliers who can guarantee a high standard of product and workmanship, as well as longevity. This is hugely important for social housing providers and local authorities who need to ensure the kitchens installed promote a decent standard of living for the residents and communities they serve.”
He added: “The ability to guarantee good-quality homes in a good state of repair, regardless of location, has been a continued feature of government reform in recent years. This framework has been developed jointly with social landlords and the public sector to support this aim. It offers the kitchen ingredients they need, whether that means providing for customers with accessibility requirements, catering for organisations requiring large re-fits or smaller refurbishments and attention to quality, look and feel. Many of our clients also have sustainability and social value considerations high on their agenda, which have also been a key factor in the selection process for K7.”
The K7 framework is available to use through mini competition or direct award until August 31, 2026.