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Five to share £750m North-west framework

Five firms have won places on a framework, which will earn them a share of up to £750 million worth of public sector construction work in the North West over the next four years, can reveal.

It is understood that Kier, Morgan Ashurst and Laing O’Rourke have all bagged spots on the North West Construction Hub’s high value framework, valued at between £250m and £750m.

Bovis Lend Lease and Wates are also believed to have made the final cut for the framework, which covers a vast array of public sector construction projects across Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

It is thought as many as 12 firms were invited to tender for a spot on the framework.

The agreement – procured by Manchester City Council – will run for an initial three years with a possible one year extension.

Among the framework users are local authorities, NHS trusts, police authorities, fire services, and transport bodies - including Manchester - Airport as well as the North West Development Agency.

Further education colleges can also procure work through the framework as can all of the universities in the area including University of Manchester, Lancaster University and University of Liverpool.

The projects have been divided into two lots, covering construct only and design and build jobs, with each individual job worth a minimum of £10m.

Meanwhile the NWCH is looking to appoint up to 99 operators for its £1 billion medium value framework – for jobs valued at between £500,000 and £10m.

The framework was first advertised over a year ago but it is though that contractors are still waiting to hear whether they have made the cut.

A low value framework, which could see as many as 12 firms sharing up to £240m of work, is also being procured by the NWCH.