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Exclusive: Kier wins nearly 40% of all work via EFA's Main Contractors' Framework

Kier has won nearly 40 per cent of all contracts on the Education Funding Agency’s Main Contractors’ Framework, Construction News can reveal.

The contractor won 54 – 38.3 per cent – of the 141 contracts procured via the framework so far, double its nearest rival Bowmer & Kirkland, which won 27 contracts.

Kier’s haul was worth £561.9m – 36.9 per cent of the combined value of contracts procured to date, while Bowmer & Kirkland’s total was worth £278.6m.

As of 16 June 2016, the EFA’s Main Contractors’ Framework had issued 141 contracts worth a total of £1.52bn.

The EFA released the contract information to Construction News under a Freedom of Information request.

Galliford Try won 20 contracts worth £176.2m, making it the third-largest firm by value on the framework, while Bam won 18 deals worth £175.9m.

Balfour Beatty, which was named on both the northern and southern lots of the framework, and Bouygues subsidiary Thomas Vale, which was named on the north lot only, have yet to win any contracts under the framework.

The Main Contractors’ Framework, which is separate from the EFA’s Regional Framework, launched in November 2013 to build larger school projects.

In total, the framework is slated to deliver capital works worth £4bn before it expires in November 2017.

Other big winners on the framework so far include Sir Robert McAlpine, which has won 11 contracts worth a total of £134.1m, and Wates, which has secured nine contracts worth a combined £152.4m.

Wates also saw the highest average contract value of all the contractors that had won more than one deal, with the firm’s nine contracts coming in at an average of £16.9m.

Kier’s 54 contracts came in at an average value of £10.4m, while Bowmer & Kirkland’s average was £10.3m.

Galliford Try meanwhile saw an average value of £8.8m across its 20 contracts – the lowest across the framework. Bam’s average across its 18 contracts was £9.8m.

In May, the EFA set out plans for its next Main Contractors’ Framework, which is expected to be worth £6bn.

There will be “at least 30 places” across all lots in the framework, according to the EFA, although the total number of contractors has yet to be finalised.

In total, 10 firms were named on the existing Main Contractors’ Framework.

Works under the new framework will cover several different types of institution, including Priority School Building Programme works, free schools, academies and university technical colleges.

The Royal Institute of British Architects has criticised the government’s schools procurement programme, claiming it wastes millions in taxpayers’ money.

It said that the EFA’s new school building programme was “too rigid” in a report released in May this year, and added that money is being spent on unnecessary and often complex systems.


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