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Defence Infrastructure Organisation names six winners on Ministry of Defence regional frameworks

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has selected five contractors and one JV for its South-east and South-west regional design-and-build frameworks, worth a combined £650m.

Galliford Try, Kier, Morgan Sindall, VolkerFitzpatrick, Henry Brothers and a joint venture featuring Henry Brothers and Dawson Wam will compete for work on the Ministry of Defence’s Next Generation Estate Contracts programme for southern England.

The programme governs individual MoD construction projects valued at up to £12m.

Projects valued up to £50m will be procured under the National Capital Works Framework, which operates alongside the regional frameworks.

In the South-west the framework will be worth £400m over four years, while the value of work in the South-east is expected to reach £250m.

The shortlist for the frameworks was released last November, with the preferred bidders initially expected to be chosen in the summer.

Balfour Beatty, Interserve, John Graham, Lendlease and Vinci missed out on both the South-east and South-west frameworks.

Midas Construction missed out on the South-west contract, while Babcock Support Services failed to secure a spot on the South-west list.

NGEC South framework winners:

  • Galliford Try
  • Henry Brothers (Magharafelt) [South East] / HBDW SPV [South West]
  • Kier Construction
  • Morgan Sindall
  • VolkerFitzpatrick

There is also the option to extend the framework for a further three years depending on contractors’ performance.

The shortlist initially included Miller Construction, which bid before the company was purchased by Galliford Try in 2014.

The South-east and South-west are the fourth and fifth frameworks to be awarded by the DIO. A framework for national capital works and regional rosters covering Scotland and Eastern England and Scotland were announced in 2013 and 2014.

Balfour Beatty, Carillion Construction, Kier Graham Defence, Miller Construction and Wates Construction were chosen for the national framework, while Henry Brothers, Interserve Construction, Mansell Construction Services, Morgan Sindall and Shepherd Construction secured places on the East of England list.

Henry Brothers, Interserve Construction, Kier Graham Defence, Lend Lease Construction and Miller Construction were selected for the £400m Scotland framework.

In total there are due to be seven NGEC frameworks. However, as revealed by Construction News last year, the DIO had to shelve plans for the West Midlands & Wales and the North-east, North-west and Yorkshire & Humber frameworks due to a lack of projects in these areas.

DIO director of service delivery Leo O’Shea said: “DIO’s priority is to build a better defence estate by providing the right buildings in the right places to meet the requirements of military personnel. I am pleased that southern England’s future defence construction requirements can now be met through this framework.

”The Capital Works Framework programme will ensure ongoing competitive tension, better value for money and will speed up the procurement of projects.”

NGEC capital works frameworks project manager John Jones said: “The award of these frameworks continues the work to provide a consistent procurement process across the defence estate that meets the requirements of the government construction strategy and which will bring about efficiencies in terms of cost, design and project delivery.”

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