The government’s £2.9bn consultancy framework has finally launched after a three-year delay.
The Crown Commercial Services’ Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework expired in June 2013 but has only just reopened for bidding after facing numerous delays.
The framework went out for tender at the end of 2013, with the CCS appointing firms by June 2014.
However, the decision was legally challenged in the High Court by Turner & Townsend, who failed to secure a place.
UK SBS, who procured the framework on behalf of CCS, provided a new framework, which the CCS cancelled in November 2014, just before it was about to go live.
The CCS has now re-launched the framework and firms can bid for a place.
The framework has an estimated value of around £1.6bn-£2.9bn.
Central government departments and their arms-length bodies, including non-departmental government bodies, will be able to use the framework, including wider public bodies.
It will last for two years and an estimated 65 contractors are expected to be appointed onto the framework.
Lot 1 is for multi-disciplinary services and is an estimated £1.3bn-£2.3bn. The 15 contractors to win this lot will provide project management and design services for public sector bodies across the UK.
Lot 2 is for project management services and is an estimated £75m-£134m.
Lot 3 is for Architectural Services throughout the UK and could be worth between £117m-£209m.
Lot 4 is for cost management services for public sector bodies throughout the UK and is an estimated £42m-£75m.
Lot 5 is for civil and structural engineering services, with an approximate value of £46m-£83m.
Lot 6 is for building services engineering and with an estimated value of £42-£74bn.
The framework is divided into six lots, with 15 contractors expected to secure places on Lot 1, while Lots 2-6 will hold 10 contractors each.
The CCS is planning to hold a supplier bidder day on the 27 September.