Builders merchant group Grafton Group is setting up a fully managed stores for Manchester-based housing association Trafford Housing Trust, under the merchant’s Grafton Group Supply Chain Solutions arm.
The deal, which covers 9,100 properties for social rent, is for four years and some 1,500 different products will be held in stock at the stores, based at the Keelsupply warehouse, in Trafford Park and branded as Buildbase.
Jane McCall, Trafford Housing Trust’s Director of Delivery, said: “Grafton offers considerable purchasing power and excellent product knowledge. Its partnership with the Trust will help ensure quality materials, cost savings and a reliable and faster service for tenants.
“In addition we have been able to agree with Grafton that our tenants will be able to purchase material at discounted rates and this will be a benefit to our customers when undertaking minor improvements or community-based projects.”
Supply Chain Solutions is a framework supplier to both Procurement for Housing and Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions and is familiar with the OJEU process. It provides a range of supply solutions from dedicated in-house stores to supply-only agreements.