A shortlist of contractors that could be in line to win infrastructure work from the Ministry of Defence will be revealed in September.
The list of up to 12 contractors will be invited to submit tenders for the Scotland Framework, which will deliver construction projects worth up to £12 million through the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
Five will then be chosen as framework contractors by the middle of 2014, and will be invited to bid again for individual projects over the next four years.
At an event in Edinburgh, delegates from around 80 local companies were briefed on what contractors need to do to make the cut.
“With UK defence undergoing transformation on all levels it is vital that military units continue to be supported by a good standard of facilities and infrastructure that can also be adapted as the requirement changes,” said air commodore Gerry Mayhew, air officer Scotland and station commander at RAF Leuchars.
“Future DIO industry partners will need empathy for their military customers and a good understanding of the direction of travel for defence,”
Jon Wooden, Next Generation Estate Contracts capital works frameworks project manager, added: “The NGEC frameworks can be used to deliver a wide range of capital projects, so we are aiming to attract the very best businesses, from main contractors down to key suppliers of materials, components and services.
“The initial response from industry has been healthy and I would now encourage smaller businesses to consider how they might get involved.”