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Manchester City Council's Gorton Hub was one of the projects Morgan Sindall procured through the last version of the framework. Credit: via Manchester City Council

NWCH appoints eight to £1.5bn framework

The Manchester City Council procurement programme has unveiled the construction companies that have secured a place on its High Value Construction Framework.

The North West Construction Hub’s High Value Construction Framework is in its fourth iteration. The framework is divided into two lots: one for projects costing between £8m and £25m, and another for those schemes that are worth more than £25m.

The overall framework is valued at £1.5bn. NWCH said it received 20 bids for inclusion in the framework, but only eight landed a spot on the final list.

Of the eight, seven earned spots in both lots: Bowmer & Kirkland, Eric Wright Construction, ISG Construction Kier Construction, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure, Sir Robert McAlpine, and Vinci Construction UK. Russells secured a place in the lot for projects between £28m and £25m.

Jared Allen, director of capital programmes for Manchester City Council and the chair of the NWCH board, congratulated those whose bids had been successful.

Allen said: “The NWCH procurement process is always a very rigorous process ensuring quality and cost-effective frameworks that comply with procurement rules, focusing on achieving best value for its clients and projects through transparent and sustainable procurement, creating long-term relationships between clients, professionals, and contractors with shared objectives and common core values. We are aware that a number of clients eagerly await the news to kick start many of their projects.“

Barry Roberts, North West director for Morgan Sindall, said the company was “thrilled to be reappointed” to the framework.

“In recent years the framework has enabled us to deliver some amazing projects harnessing all the benefits of collaborative working and early contractor engagement,” Roberts said.

“Our team is focused on creating unique, sustainable, and inspiring buildings that enrich their local communities and we look forward to working with our partners at the North West Construction Hub to do exactly that.”

The last edition of the framework was revealed in 2019. That list included Seddon Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Conlon Construction, Balfour Beatty Construction, and BAM Construction. Wates Construction, which had landed a place on the 2019 framework, did not apply for the latest rendition.

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