NHS eyes firms for £1.6bn modular building framework

Posted on 26 February 2021

NHS eyes firms for £1.6bn modular building framework

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The NHS has started the search for new suppliers to join its £1.6bn modular building framework.

Set to run for four years, it will cover permanent and temporary modular buildings and components. The framework will be broken down into seven lots that are split up by the type of modular product. They include bespoke modular buildings, modular healthcare units, modular education units and accommodation units.

All suppliers chosen will be expected to deliver the full product, from feasibility study and planning through to enabling works and installation. Up to 30 firms are expected to be appointed on the framework which is due to go live later this summer.

The new framework aligns with the government’s aims for the public sector to increase the proportion of offsite construction projects it procures. In the Construction Playbook published in December, it said: “Adopting a more manufacturing-led approach to public works projects and programmes will improve productivity and deliver better value for money.”

In October, the Department for Health and Social Care announced it would look for offsite solutions to help speed up delivery of the 40 new hospitals the government has pledged to build.

The new agreement will be the second modular buildings framework the NHS has set up. The first one was launched in January 2017 with an estimated value of £750m and is due to expire in July this year. Among the 21 suppliers appointed to it were Actavo, Caledonian Modular, Elliott Group and Premier Modular.

Requests to participate on the new framework must be submitted by 31 March 2021.

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