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Contractors sought for £1bn South-west framework

Devon County Council is seeking a maximum of 12 contractors for a new £1 billion South-west framework, to replace an existing framework, initially valued at £3bn in 2009.

The Construction Framework South West framework will seek contractors for public sector construction projects predominantly above £1m.

Some projects on the new framework may significantly exceed £30m, with contracts worth £250,000 at the smaller end of the scale.

Only contractors with turnover of more than £30m during two of the last three years will be considered for the framework and projects may be batched.

Contractors will be charged an annual subscription fee to “cover administrative expenses” and will also be charged a “per project fee” which the procuring authority says in the OJEU notice “would be expected that this charge would be passed down to the relevant authorised user of the Framework as a project expense”.

Existing framework:

The existing operators are Bam Construction, E W Beard, Interserve Project Services, ISG, Kier, Midas Construction, Morgan Sindall, Wates and Balfour Beatty subsidiary Mansell.

A total of 11 were appointed to the framework, from 21 applicants.

Failed firm Rok was appointed to the framework in 2009 before it went under, while a local partnership Builders Consortium South West – made up of E R Hemmings of Bristol, Pearce Construction of Barnstaple, Swindon’s J Leighfield & Sons and Taunton-based C S Williams – also won a place on the framework.

The framework is estimated to have procured around £240m of projects via CFSW in its first two years.

The framework will be primarily for the construction of buildings, and is not primarily for consultancy or civil engineering works.

Works could include free schools, academies, social housing, and government buildings.

Additional details will be contained within the pre-qualification and tender documentation. The anticipated start date of the agreement will be 2 September 2013 for a maximum of two years with potential three month extensions for up to two more years.

Applicants are requested to register their details against this opportunity in the relevant area of the following electronic tendering website: www.devontenders.gov.uk, under CPV category code 45 000 000 for construction work.

For further details regarding exactly how to register please request details by sending an e-mail to the following address: michael.newport@devon.gov.uk.

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