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Bids sought from door suppliers for £100m LHC public sector framework

Door manufacturers working to the highest standards of safety and security are being sought for a new £100m, four-year framework to supply social housing and other public sector projects.

The Communal Doors, Entrance Doors and Associated Products (C8) framework from LHC, the construction procurement specialist, covers the supply, fit and maintenance of doorsets and associated door hardware for a range of buildings.

These include multi-occupancy residential, education, local government and police and fire authority buildings.

LHC is setting very specific requirements to cover safety and security in a bid to increase standards in public buildings.

Mij Rahman, Director of Procurement at LHC, said: “We have combined two of our previously successful frameworks, Entrance Doorsets and Communal Entrance Doorsets, to create a more comprehensive route for local authorities, housing associations and other public sector bodies who may have projects that require multiple doors to be installed and maintained.

“Our focus for this new framework is to generate a pool of pre-approved suppliers that have a proven track record of delivering high quality products and first-class technical support.

“We’re looking for products that don’t just comply with the minimum standards but go above and beyond. Contracting authorities need to have access to doorsets and hardware that have been independently tested and certificated to show that the products will offer long term value and deliver as expected.”

LHC C8 framework for web

Enhanced security testing to PAS 24:2016, LPS 1175 or the other security standards as recommended by Secured by Design, the official police security initiative, is essential for standard composite and timber doors that will be supplied via the framework. Bi-directional fire testing of composite fire doors is a mandatory requirement, with all fire doorsets that are installed holding certification as a completed assembly.

The framework is split into seven lots covering composite and timber doors, both fire and non-fire rated, communal entrance and exit doors, and access control. Workstream seven is a so-called ‘super lot’ and is available to suppliers who can fulfil the requirements of all six workstreams.

The deadline for bids is Tuesday, 27 October 2020.

For more information on how to apply for the C8 framework, visit: