A delayed batch of huge Ministry of Defence contracts is now due to be awarded in early 2014.
Each of the Next Generation Estate Contracts is worth between £500-600m a year, the ministry said.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation - the land and property arm of the MoD - said it had pushed back contract awards because it had had far more interest from construction firms than expected and needed time to digest this fully.
It also needed to review the programme because of the impact on the MoD’s budget of the Government Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The first three of its prime contracts had been due for letting in April 2013 but will now be awarded in early 2014.
These are for Scotland and Northern Ireland; the MoD’s national housing estate; its national training estate.
Three contracts will be awarded in March 2014, six months later than planned. These cover the South-east, South-west and central regions.
Next Generation Estate Contracts head Steve Rice said: “I am encouraged by the enthusiasm of industry to be involved in delivering these new contracts.”
The programme is currently in the early stages of competitive dialogue and bidder tendering for the prime contracts and capital works frameworks.
NGEC revised programme
|Regional Prime Scotland & Northern Ireland||24/01/14||21/07/14|
|National Housing Prime||05/03/14||05/11/14|
|National Training Estate Prime||05/03/14||22/09/14|
|Regional Prime South East||17/03/14||30/09/14|
|Regional Prime South West||17/03/14||30/09/14|
|Regional Prime Central||17/03/14||30/09/14|
|Regional Capital Works Framework East Midlands & Eastern England||16/08/13||–|
|National Capital Works Framework||18/05/14||–|
|Other regional frameworks||To be confirmed||–|