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Three firms gain places on West Midlands Contractor Framework

Three local firms are set to share up to £180 million of work on a lucrative framework for local authority jobs across the Midlands.

It is understood that Malvern-based SpellerMetcalfe, Midlands stalwart Thomas Vale, and Kier Moss have all won a spot on the four-year West Midlands Contractor Framework, which will generate between 15 and 20 projects a year.

Miller and Willmott Dixon are among four other shortlisted firms understood to have missed the final cut for the framework contract, which is being procured by Worcester County Council on behalf of other public bodies in the West Midlands.

Both new build and refurbishment schemes will be let under the agreement, which covers work in the health and education sectors as well as projects for the emergency services.

There may also be more specialised jobs up for grabs, such as work on forensic facilities, control centres, leisure facilities and adult residential day care facilities.

Individual projects will range in value between £1m and £5m and it is envisaged that no more than three schemes worth more than £5m will be let.

Leicestershire and Gloucestershire County Councils are currently each procuring £100m single-operator frameworks covering similar sectors with the bidding line-ups likely to be similar.

Meanwhile, as many as 24 firms could be shortlisted at the end of August for the renewal of the £500m Smarte East framework.

Incumbents Willmott Dixon and May Gurney are both understood to be defending their places on the top tier of the agreement, covering jobs worth more than £2.5m.

Contractors from the second tier of the existing framework, which include Rok and Lakehouse, are also thought to be attempting to win work on the top lot this time.

There will also be strong competition from outsiders, with Laing O’Rourke and Kier understood to have sized up bids for the top tier spots.

Last month, Thomas Vale started work on the £2.8m extension and refurbishment of Mount Pleasant primary school for Shropshire Council.