Homes England, the Government’s housing and regeneration agency tasked with releasing more land to developers to help address the UK’s housing shortage, has appointed property consultant Eddisons to its Property and Financial Professional Services Framework under Lot 1: Property Professional Services. The framework has been restructured to make a wider range of property services available to all public sector bodies.
Eddisons has seen substantial growth in its public sector work and the appointment comes just months after the firm won a place as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services’ estate management services framework. Since October it has increased the gross development value of the public sector land and property on which it advises to over £1bn.
The new appointment will see the firm support Homes England in marketing sites to developers, site evaluations, estate management and acquisitions and disposals. They will also advise on local markets, viability, investment and strategic planning issues as well as helping to create new development models and partnering arrangements.
Javid Patel, Eddisons’ head of public sector, said: “This is a prestigious appointment and we are looking forward to working closely with Homes England to help it achieve its property objectives, deliver homes, and create economic growth and jobs.
“We are really excited to be able to contribute our expertise to help power Homes England’s ambitious planned £4bn investment in new homes, disposing of land to deliver 6,000 homes as well as creating employment land and bringing derelict land into use. Hopefully our extensive experience of working with the public sector puts us in a good position to support the Government in its levelling up agenda.”
Since October, Eddisons’ dedicated public sector team has added Cambridgeshire, Reading, Dudley, Bromsgrove and Redditch councils to its list of local authority clients, which also includes Southampton, Enfield, Peterborough and Kirklees councils.
Demand for public sector-related work is growing across the firm’s network of 25 UK offices, with recent new hires boosting the teams in Eddisons’ Sheffield, Fareham and Peterborough offices.