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New hatch. homes for Wales

WPA Logohatch. Welsh Procurement Alliancehatch. team up with the Welsh Procurement Alliance (WPA)

hatch. have recently been appointed a place on the LHC “NH2 Offsite Housing Construction” framework. This 4-year framework has been administered in Wales by the WPA (Welsh Procurement Alliance) and enables Housing Associations and Local Authorities in Wales to access approved suppliers of MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) products.

Who are the WPA?

The WPA provides OJEU compliant frameworks which can be used by local authorities, social landlords and other public sector bodies to procure works, products and services for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing, schools and public buildings.

They operate in Wales connecting construction companies, manufacturers and service providers with the needs of their partners. Effectively they bring buyers and suppliers together, to build and maintain public property more efficiently and cost effectively, and to benefit local communities.

The organisation is backed by LHC, established in 1966 and recognised as one of the most experienced and respected providers of procurement frameworks in the construction sector.

All public sector organisations can gain access to our industry leading frameworks, technical assistance and procurement support services.

The hatch. Product

hatch. CLiCs is a light gauge steel volumetric system designed for both Low Rise and Medium Rise residential. It utilises a standard unit design approach for layouts but is flexible to enable external design in the local vernacular together with a recognition of the need for placemaking.

Our unique hatch. CLiCs system has evolved from systems deployed for over ten years on multi-accommodation projects and is accredited to SCI and NHBC. The hatch. proposition of establishing a local factory, combined with our innovative product, will enable the supply of affordable, high quality and desirable homes for the Welsh community.

Innovative Housing Programme

hatch. has just submitted a bid under the Innovative Housing Programme (IHP3) for the provision of a new manufacturing facility in Wales. Our Vision for Wales is to see the provision of a local factory in Neath Port Talbot that can scale up the delivery of affordable housing, whilst creating in excess of 80 local jobs together with apprenticeships and training for skilled and semi-skilled roles.

As part of the design process we are looking to accommodate the HAPs principles (Houses as Power Stations) and help with the reduction of fuel poverty in Wales. This approach truly underpins our “Homes for the Community, Built by the Community” approach. The key to the success of our vision for Wales is the support of the local factory by way of throughput and we are looking to corral supply needs from HAs and LAs in Wales. As the demand grows, we will be looking to develop further facilities in Wales and build a supply line that truly delivers the affordable housing the people of Wales need and create a successful manufacturing business that really delivers social impact.

To find out more about how hatch. is tackling the need for social housing in Wales, contact