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Liverpool City Council seeks partner for 2,500 new homes

Housing developers have been invited to bid for a contract with Liverpool City Council that will see 1,500 new homes built and a further 1,000 existing properties brought back into use.

A bidders event is due to be hosted by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson next month, when public and private sector organisations will be given an opportunity to find out more about the project.

The winning bidder will become an official housing partner for Liverpool and receive access to multi-million pound development opportunities.

Mr Anderson said the initiative will ensure the authority delivers 2,500 of the 5,000 new homes he has pledged to bring to Merseyside communities by 2016.

"We want everyone in Liverpool to have access to a decent home, and that's why improving our housing stock is one of my top priorities. To achieve this, it's vital that we work creatively with other organisations from the public and private sector," the mayor commented.

The council's cabinet member for housing Ann O'Byrne said the arrangement, known as the Liverpool Strategic Housing Delivery Partnership, will "propel our work faster and further than ever before".

Liverpool's Arena and Convention Centre will host the bidders event on July 1st, with interested parties req    uired to submit the pre-qualification questionnaire by July 19th. 

The partnership is due to run from 2014 to 2019 and the council has said any proposals that require the authority to underwrite investment will be rejected.

Elsewhere in Liverpool, Green Property has started work on a £1.5 million refurbishment of its office space in the Grade II-listed India Buildings.

The property, which Green Property's UK director Mike Tapp said benefits from "possibly the best location in Liverpool's business district", will be revamped to Grade A standard. 

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