Manchester appoints firms for £105m building framework

Michael Hunt

Manchester City Council has appointed five firms to a four-year construction framework set to cover schools and civic buildings work.

Amongst the firms confirmed in the £105m framework rota is GB Building Solutions. GB won its place on the framework after it scored the highest mark of more than 50 respondents to the OJEU notice, which is the standard competitive procurement notice that allows companies to bid for projects from across Europe.

Other firms on the list are believed to be Willmott Dixon, the largest of the five, Bramall Construction, Cruden and F Parkinson.

The contract involves new build and refurbishment schemes valued between £500,000 and £10m, with the first project expected to start early in the second quarter of this year.

Martin Smout, chairman and chief executive of GB Building Solutions, said: "GB has developed a very clear understanding of Manchester City Council's aspirations through working with them on the Housing Improvement Framework. Winning a position on Framework One will enable us to develop this partnership to achieve the council's goals and benefit the people of Manchester.

"The Manchester City Council Framework is a very positive way to start the New Year and is evidence of GB's growing reputation for delivering quality work on time and to budget."

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