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MoD reopens bids for £250m Scottish framework

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has reopened the competition for its Scottish regional framework, covering projects up to £12 million in value.

The body said it was encouraging businesses “of all sizes” to be involved in the procurement process for the framework, which has an estimated value between £100m and £250m.

Bids were originally sought in 2011, along with five other UK frameworks, but it was decided to wait for further details on rebasing plans emerging from the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The Next Generation frameworks include the use of project bank accounts, nec3 procurement and more focused performance management.

The framework is expected to be awarded by mid-2014, running for four years, with the potential for a further three-year extension.

It operates in parallel to the National Capital Works Framework for bigger contracts worth up to £50m.

Potential applicants require a minimum turnover of £18m and experience of managing projects worth more than £5m.

Head of the NGEC programme Steve Rice said: “Defence rebasing is expected to generate significant changes to estate and infrastructure – including on some Scottish military bases – which will generate new construction requirements.

“In these financially challenging times we believe this framework model will maximise value for every pound spent on construction, while ensuring that design and build opportunities remain open for a wider range of national and local businesses.”

The DIO will award projects through individual “mini-competitions”.

NGEC Capital Works Frameworks project manager Jon Wooden said: “Successful construction projects demand excellent contractors and suppliers.”

“We are determined to identify companies capable of delivering defence construction projects for Scotland flexibly, sustainably and cost-effectively. We are also keen that smaller and local enterprises with innovative solutions get involved in networking at our industry day.”

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