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Government to launch £30bn contractor framework

The government is close to launching a new £30bn construction framework covering projects for a number of public bodies.

The Crown Commercial Service confirmed it had begun developing what will be the biggest construction framework in the country, allowing public bodies such as government departments, NHS trusts and local authorities to appoint contractors for construction, refurbishment and demolition jobs.

The agreement could be worth up to £30bn over four years, with the potential for a three-year extension based on performance.

It is set to be longer than current CCS commercial agreements to reflect the length and complexity of the major projects involved.

The framework will be developed alongside the government construction strategy, which will be published later this year.

The strategy is expected to include a greater emphasis on offsite construction following the announcement in the Autumn Budget that government will favour offsite manufacturing on all publicly funded construction projects from 2019.

The decision to run the framework followed a CCS survey last year in which 90 firms declared their interest in working under such a deal.

It will be the latest CCS framework to be launched following similar agreements for consultants and facilities management firms.

Last May the government revealed the winners of its flagship £2.9bn consultancy framework covering multi-disciplinary services, project management, cost management and engineering services.

A total of 31 firms were picked across five different lots on the framework, which had been delayed by three years.

In December Atkins, Arcadis, Costain, Jacobs, Mace, Mott MacDonald and WSP all landed places on CCS’s £420m infrastructure management framework covering the next four years.

Last month CCS also launched bidding for a £12bn facilities management framework, which will replace the £4.1bn FM framework that is due to end in July 2019.

CCS will now hold a supplier day for the framework in Manchester on Wednesday 14 February to ascertain contractor interest.

CCS category commercial director Sam Ulyatt said: “The release of the prior information notice allows a great opportunity for all elements of the supply chain to work together to ensure we build a framework structure that works across the construction industry, and addresses the needs of both client and contractor.

“I would encourage all to participate to ensure this framework becomes the first choice for all public bodies.’”

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