Stepnell appointed to Sovereign Network Group Framework

Category: Frameworks

Meeting demand for social housing in the south of England, complete construction partner
Stepnell has been appointed to the latest new-build framework provided by housing association
Sovereign Network Group (SNG), set to deliver £800m for the residential sector.

Stepnell will work as one of 16 firms appointed to the framework, which supports SNG’s
ambitions to deliver 25,000 new-build homes across the south and South West regions in the
next ten years.

The framework appointment acts as a continuation of Stepnell’s ongoing work in the region, with
its teams delivering similar new build social housing projects for Slough Urban Renewal,
Wiltshire County Council and two schemes at St Peter’s and New Kingsland for Bristol City
Council, along with project work through its long-standing relationship with Dorset Council.
As part of its new relationship with SNG, Stepnell has been appointed for an initial two-year
term, with future extensions optional.

Matthew James, pre-construction manager at Stepnell, said: “We’ve seen our capabilities in the
affordable and social housing sector grow significantly over the past few years. The
appointment to SNG’s latest framework recognises our long-established supply chain and clear
sustainability policies to residential construction and adds to our strong pipeline of projects in
the sector.

“We have extensive experience collaborating with both framework providers and project
partners, especially in the south of England, and our continuation of this with SNG adds value to
our clients and opens various doors of opportunity for us as a business.”

With an initial four projects in the pipeline this year, the Stepnell team will utilise multiple arms of
its business including its design team and modern methods of construction (MMC) capabilities,
as well as supporting sustainability aims through its specialist energy group Step Energy. This
will offer a fabric first approach to decarbonising the projects, while also providing renewable
energy options on the residential units.

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