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DIO’s £400m capital framework attracts industry’s biggest names

Almost every major UK contractor has submitted an expression of interest for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s £400 million National Capital Works Framework.

Everyone from Bam, Bouygues, Carillion and Costain to Thomas Vale, Vinci, Volker Fitzpatrick and Wates attended an industry day to find out more about the framework, held last week.

Other major bidders included Galliford Try, Interserve, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Lend Lease, Mace, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska.

The event – the fourth industry day staged by DIO for the £5 billion of Next Generation Estate Contracts – was held at Imjin Barracks, Innsworth in Gloucestershire.

More than 80 firms attended the event, including a host of small and medium sized companies interested in subcontracting opportunities.

The framework will be let in 2013 and will be used to deliver large construction projects with a value up to £50 million.

Five contractors will be appointed to the four-year framework, which includes an option for a three year extension.

It is estimated that the total value of capital works delivered under the framework will be between £250 million and £400 million.

The National Capital Works Framework was originally scheduled to be advertised on 26 May but as CN revealed last month, the DIO has seen procurement deadlines slip.

NGEC frameworks project manager Jon Wooden said:  “The Strategic Defence and Security Review is driving changes to military basing, and the Capital Works Frameworks are likely to be instrumental in this.

“It was encouraging to see a healthy industry turnout, with businesses of all sizes networking on future commercial opportunities.”

Brigadier John Wootton, the Director of Land Forces Infrastructure, said:  “A modernised fit-for-purpose Defence estate and supporting services are fundamental to the training and preparation of our Armed Forces for operations and for success once deployed.

“Future MOD contractors and suppliers will play a key part in this, and it is important that all those in the commercial supply chain understand the underpinning importance of their role.”

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