Exclusive: 24 heavyweight contractors have been lined up to present bids for the £1bn Construction Framework South West, covering a range of public sector projects in the region.
The framework – which replaces an existing agreement through which £320m has been spent across 80 projects to date – is to be run by Devon County Council.
A maximum of 12 bidders will be appointed to the framework before it commences in September.
The Builders Consortium South West local partnership also won a place on the framework, while Rok was appointed in 2009, before it entered administration.
Full list: shortlist for £1bn Construction Framework South West
After completion of pre-qualification, jointly undertaken by the CFSW team and the University of the West of England, 24 contractors remain in the running:
Tender returns will be evaluated during June, with the current scheme running until 3 August 2013.
The framework will run for an initial two years, with potential three-month extensions for up to two more years.
The CFSW team said the quality of submissions had been “as high as expected”, and that the process had shown that industry had become “much more familiar with the nature of collaborative frameworks”.
Building work will primarily be procured through the framework, rather than consultancy or civils work.
Schools, academies, social housing and government buildings could be included.
Through CFSW projects, Devon County Council is using its newly achieved Skills Academy status to introduce employment and skills requirements into both invitation to tender and contract documents.
This is intended to provide targets for skills development that are measurable and achievable.
The framework was only open to contractors with a turnover of more than £30m during two of the past three years.
Contractors will be charged an annual subscription fee to cover administrative expenses, as well as a ‘per project’ fee.