NWDA cedes control of £300m building framework

The roster of architects, engineers, surveyors and other professional advisors on major publicly funded regeneration projects is to be handed over to the North West Construction Hub run by Manchester City Council and the Centre for Construction Innovation pending the NWDA's abolition.

In an email to suppliers sent on Monday afternoon, Jane Moran, procurement manager at the NWDA, said that due to the "spending restrictions and budget cuts" imposed on the agency, it "will not be able to continue with the renewal of the Regional Construction Services framework."

Moran went on: "However the Northwest Improvement and Efficiency Programme and the Centre for Construction and Innovation (Northwest) have agreed to renew the frameworks on behalf of the Region and this will be led by North West Construction Hub."

There will be an open day for suppliers wishing to bid for a place on the new four-year framework on 4 October at Cube, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester from 1pm to 5pm, with two identical presentations taking place at 1pm and 3pm.

There are a total of 78 lots in the framework with discipline bands broken into small, medium and large fees; up to £50,000, between £50,000 and £150,000 and over £150,000. Lots are also divided by sub-region for Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

The disciplines are:

  • Project and programme management
  • Regeneration / landscaping / artisan
  • Architectural design
  • Sustainability and environment
  • Valuation and market analysis
  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Mechanical, electrical and building services
  • Quantity surveying panel
  • Building surveying panel
  • Multi-discipline services

The North West Construction Hub is run by Manchester City Council and the CCINW on behalf of local authorities and other public organisations in the region. The aim of the framework is to allow services to be procured more efficiently from approved suppliers.

Andrew Thomas, chief executive of the Centre for Construction Innovation said today: "This orderly transfer of responsibilities within the region shows the maturity of the existing partnerships in the face of unprecedented economic and funding pressures. We will continue the hard work to ensure that the region's construction industry and its public sector clients get the support they need to move back to prosperity."

Details of the Open Day: http://ccinw.com/eventsdetails/eps-framework-open-day/352

The OJEU notice in full: http://ccinw.com/uploads/documents/procurement_key_documents/eps_framework/eu_notice.pdf

Requests to participate in the tender process must be made by 6pm on 10 November 2010. Contact Katy Harris at CCINW on 0161 295 5076 or eps@ccinw.com

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