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MoD seeks contractors for £400m national framework

The Ministry of Defence is seeking up to five contractors to join a national four-year framework agreement worth up to £400 million.

The national framework contract for capital works projects in the United Kingdom includes a range of design, construction, engineering and installation jobs.

Individual projects included on the framework are expected to reach up to £50m and could incorporate construction of military buildings and installations; law and order or emergency service buildings; civil engineering; construction of pipelines, communication or power lines; construction work for water projects;  breakwater construction work; port and waterway operation services; construction of buildings related to water transport, highways, roads, airfields and railways; architectural design and engineering services; engineering design services for mechanical and electrical installations; demolitions; site preparation and clearance work.

The framework could also cover works for other public bodies.

Detailed designed will normally be included for projects procured through the framework agreement and in some cases the successful supplier will need to carry out all of the associated design and planning work.

Maintenance of completed projects may be required during a “compliance period” and the framework features an option for a three year extension.

It is expected that projects procured under the framework will have a higher value that £12m.

Suppliers expression of interest must include the name, company registration number, address, telephone and email address of the point of contact within the company who will be managing the registration.

A pre-qualification questionnaire will be issued on expression of interest together with details of a supplier open day.

Interested parties may need to supply a performance bond or parent company guarantee.

They will also be required to meet the following performance requirements:

  • Proof of, or ability to adopt before the award of a framework agreement, a quality assurance certification to ISO 9001:2008 or equivalent;
  • Proof of, or ability to adopt before the award of a framework agreement an environmental management systems to ISO 14001:2004 or equivalent;
  • A statement of the supplier’s overall turnover and the turnover on construction works must be provided demonstrating a minimum turnover on construction works of £75m for each of the last 3 complete financial years;
  • Professional indemnity insurance: at a minimum level as specified in the PQQ, will be required;
  • Public liability insurance: at a minimum level as specified in the PQQ, will be required;
  • Evidence will be required that the supplier has successfully completed the main contractor role on a construction project within the last 3 years, in excess of £15m in value, and involving the detailed multi-disciplinary design of the project, both of which will need to be outlined extensively in the PQQ.

Expressions of interest must be submitted before 28 February 2012.

The procurement notice also states the Ministry’s commitment to an environmental agenda which contractors will be obliged to endorse.  

It is anticipated the award will be made by autumn 2012.

Expressions of interest should be made in writing to the Next Generation Estates Contract authority.

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