Unfortunately, it isn’t good news from Transition Homes Community Land Trust this month.
Our hopes for starting work on site in the spring have had a big blow.
The contractor we have been in negotiations with has let us know that for various reasons they won’t be taking on the contract at this stage and so after more than a year of work from all parties involved Transition Homes are back to square one regarding finding a suitable contractor to build Clay Park.
It’s very disappointing especially as it is quite difficult to find a company that’s big enough to have a proven work record to satisfy our funders financial requirements and also ecologically focused, skilled in eco-building methods and local.
This means that we will need to go through the whole tender process again and hence will likely not be able to start on site until November at the earliest.
Working on a community project of this size will always be an interesting journey with many ups and downs, successes, disappointments and delays. One thing the Transition Homes team have definitely had a good chance to practice over the last 10 years is tenacity and resilience in the face of disappointment and challenge. There is always a lot to learn and so the past year's work is in no way wasted and has help to clarify and inform the team so that the next tender process should be easier and more efficient.
So fingers crossed for a smooth journey to starting on site in November 2019!