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Contract award – Managing Agent for the Heat in Buildings Scotland National Scheme

June 14, 2023 by No Comments | Category community benefits, Contract Notices, contracts, Environment, net zero, Procurement news, suppliers, Sustainability

Following conclusion of a successful tendering exercise, the Scottish Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Warmworks Scotland LLP as Managing Agent for the Heat in Buildings Scotland National Scheme.

The successor to the flagship Warmer Homes Scotland (WHS) programme, the Heat in Buildings scheme (HIBS) seeks to support the pressing heat decarbonisation challenge in Scotland’s homes and to make them more affordable to heat. Launching on the 2 October 2023, the scheme will focus on the installation of insulation, heating and micro-generation measures in the homes of households identified as living in fuel poverty and will:

  • Prioritise the installation of zero emissions heating systems where this is not detrimental to fuel poverty objectives;
  • Have widened eligibility criteria – allowing a broader range of households to access the scheme;
  • Adopt the PAS 2035 quality standard.

In the contract to deliver HIBS, Warmworks Scotland LLP have committed to deliver a comprehensive range of sustainability and community benefits which will serve to benefit not only those directly supported by the scheme, but to also more broadly benefit the people of Scotland (including employees and suppliers). These benefits include:

  • Payment of at least the real Living Wage to all staff involved in delivery of the contract;
  • To adopt and apply Fair Work First principles in delivery of the contract;
  • To deliver specific Community Benefits minimum targets, including:-
  • Creating 600 jobs in the core PAS 2030, PAS 2035 and MCS work areas;
  • Creating 210 work placements and/or work experience/shadowing opportunities;
  • Creating 110 Modern Apprenticeships;
  • Creating 16 graduate positions;
  • Delivering 1,900 health and safety training courses (completing a recognised and relevant course);
  • Delivering 1,100 scheme-related training opportunities (leading to internal/external certification or a recognised qualification);
  • Strengthened collaboration with the Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG);
  • Partnering with the MCR Pathways mentoring programme – which provides one-to-one mentoring opportunities for care-experienced young people in secondary school;
  • Carrying out at least six Meet the Buyer events across Scotland during the forthcoming supply chain procurement process – ensuring equal opportunity and engagement with  interested organisations and businesses, irrespective of their size or geographical location.
  • To deliver specific sustainability benefits, including:
  • Maintaining their existing ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) accreditation;
  • Maintaining their existing PAS 2060 (Carbon Neutrality) certification (annually audited and independently verified by The Carbon Trust);
  • Becoming an accredited net zero carbon business by the end of 2025;
  • Working with their supply chain to support them in becoming net zero businesses by the end of the contract – thus providing full net zero delivery of the scheme.

Warmworks Scotland LLP will shortly embark on the procurement of their Heat in Buildings supply chain – with contracts to be awarded following a fair, open, transparent and competitive process. Sub-contractor and supplier opportunities will be advertised through the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) procurement portal ( and interested parties are encouraged to monitor PCS for updates and associated notices.

Warmworks will also be hosting a number of ‘Meet the Buyer’ events from mid to late June across Scotland. Details of these and how to register for each event will be released through Public Contract Scotland (PCS), so we would encourage you to make sure you are registered as a supplier.

These events will provide potential suppliers with information relating to the new scheme, supplier requirements and details of the procurement process, which will also be hosted through PCS only.

A Public Information Notice (PIN) notice will be published on PCS in the coming weeks providing further information.

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