Contractors sought for £1.8bn North West work

Posted on 01 June 2021

​Contractors are being invited to join a new £1.8bn framework covering building and infrastructure works in the North West.

Procure Partnerships and Oldham Council have invited bids for the North West Contractor Framework. Due to come into operation on 1 April next year, the deal will replace an existing agreement, and include measures to deliver on ambitions set by the government’s Construction Playbook, which looks to lead to greener and more efficient construction projects. It is set to run until March 2026.

A range of public bodies in the region may use the new framework to procure a variety of works on the basis of fixed contractor rates. The framework will be broken into eight lots – six for general construction packages of different value brackets, and two for infrastructure works.

Contractors have until 29 July to express interest.

The contract notice said: “Procure Partnerships has successfully been operating and delivering a North West Contractor Framework across the North West for the past three years, supporting with the procurement and delivery of over 100 construction projects. [This new] framework is designed to align with the ambitions of the Construction Playbook, and to help the public sector deliver on the government’s ambition to ‘build back better’, bringing together commercial best practice and reform to drive better, faster, greener delivery.”

On the existing framework, the lot for packages worth more than £25m currently features Bam Construction, Willmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall, Laing O’Rourke and McLaren.

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