Following the award of its £2bn framework earlier this month, Procure North West has started the race for an additional £400m framework, this time covering smaller construction projects worth up to £1m, as well as building services contracts up to £10m.
The framework includes five different construction lots, covering Cumbria, Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside, and each of these is for projects worth between £50,000 and £1m.
There is also a separate mechanical & electrical lot, which includes jobs across all five regions of the North West worth between £50,000 and £10m.
Project awards under the framework will be based on 30% cost and 70% quality, and schemes will cover a wide range of public bodies and buildings including schools, NHS bodies, leisure providers, housing associations, libraries, and colleges.
Robbie Blackhurst, managing director of Procure North West, said the additional framework was launched due to public bodies raising “real frustrations with current routes to market” for projects worth below £1m.
“[The framework] will provide clients with all the benefits, robust performance management, and strict governance of our live ‘PNW Build Framework’, but like this framework, at a significantly reduced fee when contrasted against other regional procurement routes,” he said.
“It was also clear that in instances of major backlog maintenance or building services upgrade projects, clients did not want to procure a contractor to manage a building services installer. The framework allows clients to procure and contract direct with regional mechanical & electrical installers eliminating any profit and profit scenarios when only procuring building services works.”
Winners for the £2bn framework were announced earlier this month, including Bam, Laing O’Rourke, McLaren, Morgan Sindall, and Willmott Dixon, with more than 70 bids received across the framework’s four lots.
Other winners include Bardsley, ISG, and Galliford Try, which secured a place on the lot covering projects worth between £5m and £15m; while Casey Group, Eric Wright, Esh, and Seddon all secured spots on the lot covering schemes worth between £1m and £5m.