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Department for Work and Pensions opens £375m framework

The Department for Work and Pensions has fired the starting gun on bids for a £375m framework.

A maximum of 50 contractors could be appointed to the department’s four-year Estates Contractor framework.

Under the deal, contractors will be delivering minor works – such as M&E and fit-outs – for the DWP’s network of Job Centre Plus offices.

Refurbishments of the department’s corporate offices will also be conducted through the deal.

The framework will replace the DWP’s 20-year PFI contract, Prime, and is divided into three lots.

Each lot is divided into the following regions: East Anglia; East and West Midlands; London and South-east; North-west and north Wales; Scotland and North-east; and south Wales and South-west.

Lot one has an estimated value of £100m and covers regional minor works projects and programmes valued up to £250,000. It is expected that one contractor will be appointed to each of the regions.

Lot two is expected to be worth £125m and involves work valued from £250,001 to £2m, with three contractors to be appointed to each region.

Lot three will be worth up to £150m and covers major projects valued at £2,000,001 to £8m, with four to six contractors set to be chosen for each region.

In June, nine firms scooped places on another government department framework for major fit-outs.

Bam Construction, BW Interiors, Interserve, ISG fit-out, Mace, Overbury, Shaylor, Styles & Wood and Wates won places on the HM Revenue and Customs framework to oversee the structural reorganisation of the department’s estate.

HMRC will see its current 170 offices whittled down to 13 regional hubs in what is described as a “considerable consolidation programme”. The new hubs will each be equipped with digital infrastructure and training facilities.

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