The North West Construction Hub’s high-value framework, covering some of the largest projects across the region, has gone out to tender, with the North West’s largest contractors facing a fight to retain their place on the £1.5bn framework.
The existing framework, which was awarded in 2014 across two lots, has six construction partners: Bam; Galliford Try; Kier; Laing O’Rourke; Morgan Sindall; and Wates.
Bam covers design & build works only, while Kier covers construction only. The other four contractors have worked across both design & build and construction.
Tender documents for the refreshed framework have now been issued by procurement lead Manchester City Council, following soft market testing last year.
In a departure from its previous iteration, the framework is being procured across three lots: the first covering works between £8m and £15m; the second covering works ranging between £15m and £35m; and the third including works worth more than £35m.
It is expected that 16 firms will be invited to tender for the first two lots, and 12 will be invited to tender for the third lot.
Overall, the NWCH expects to procure between £250m and £1.5bn worth of projects through the framework, although it added “the total value per lot cannot be established at this time”.
The refreshed framework is expected to last for three years, starting in October 2018 and concluding in the same month in 2021. It also has an option to extend for an additional year.
The NWCH said it will “adopt the principles of partnering through the development of longer term relationships through the supply chain, integrated design and construction teams, shared risk/rewards and performance management” throughout its duration.
Since its establishment in 2009, the NWCH has delivered around 300 projects for around 80 clients, covering a construction value of more than £1.5bn. Projects have been completed across Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, and Cheshire through the framework.
The NWCH also has two other lots: medium value, covering works between £2m and £9m; and a low value lot, covering works between £500,000 and £2m. These lots are divided into regions, and include both national and regional contractors such as Conlon, ISG, Keepmoat, Seddon, and Willmott Dixon.