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Chase for ProCure 21+ projects hots up

Contractors are vying for more than £100 million of work as procurement progresses on the first projects to go through the ProCure 21+ framework.

Kier has won both the first two pieces of work, with shortlists drawn up for a further three jobs, and three more schemes at shortlist stage.
Kier is understood to have been awarded a £6.5m project for the stroke unit, sterile services department and women’s health unit at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It also claimed about £1.5m of work for the Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust, replacing fire alarms and carrying out fire detection work at St Mary’s Hospital.

A further three projects have reached the shortlist stage.

Construction News understands Balfour Beatty, Kier and Integrated Health Projects, the joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci, have been shortlisted for Phase Four of reconfiguration work at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, a deal worth about £70m.

IHP and Balfour Beatty are also thought to be competing for a £30m project on an inpatient mental health facility in Blackpool, where they are joined on the shortlist by Interserve.

ProCure 21+ newcomer Willmott Dixon joins Balfour Beatty and Interserve on the shortlist for a £3m refurbishment project for United Lincolnshire Hospitals at the Pilgrim hospital in Boston.

A further three projects have been lined up via ProCure 21+ but have yet to reach shortlist stage.

These include £10m of refurbishment works at Rotherham hospital, a programme of works in Nottinghamshire worth up to £60m, and a small works contract for the NHS Blood and Transport Authority worth about £3m. All these contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of the year.

ProCure 21 incumbents IHP, Balfour Beatty, Interserve and Kier are joined on the ProCure 21+ framework by Miller and Willmott Dixon. The framework became live on 1 October and will last for six years. It is worth up to £4.5 billion, but not expected to hand out that much in reality.

One industry source said: “Pretty much everyone is going for all the projects, which isn’t surprising considering the current climate.”

More than 50 contractors registered an initial interest in the signing up to ProCure 21+ and the six successful companies secured places on the framework in August this year.

Programme manager Ray Stephenson said at a Construction News conference in London last month: “Most of the big PFI hospitals have been built. But there is a lot of maintenance and refurbishment work needed to keep standards up over the next six years. There will be opportunities.”

He also warned all six firms on the framework they had to provide one point of contact for ProCure 21+ schemes across the country, rather than relying on regional offices.

“Someone at board level has to take responsibility for national performance. We have made that quite clear,” he said.

 

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