Birmingham City Council has begun the search for contractors to deliver a new £2bn framework covering jobs across the West Midlands.
The council, through its procurement body Constructing West Midlands (CWM), has published a prior information notice for the framework, which will comprise new-build, fit-out and refurb work in the area.
It will replace CWM’s major capital works framework, which currently uses Balfour Beatty, Bouygues, Morgan Sindall and Wilmott Dixon and comes to an end in September 2019.
The existing framework has so far seen the delivery of dozens of schemes across the region, including Birmingham Council’s £65m Additional Primary Places programme, which saw schools extended to deal with the shortfall in student spaces.
The new framework is expected to be split into a series of lots, with all work through the deal having a value of more than £100,000. An annual spend of £100m is expected under the agreement.
Other local authorities in the West Midlands will also be able to use the framework.
It is one of a number of regional deals currently out to market, with Hampshire County Council currently procuring for a £5.2bn construction framework covering the South of England.
CWM’s major works framework runs alongside a repair and maintenance framework that includes Integrated Water Services, Kendrick Construction, Mitie and Middleton Maintenance. Carillion was also part of the deal until its collapse in January.
The framework will cover the period leading up to Birmingham’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2022. It is estimated that £750m will have to be spent on the city ahead of the games.