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Scottish, NI and national firms compete over £350m framework

A mixture of local, Northern Irish and national contractors have made the eight-strong shortlist for a £350 million framework covering public sector projects in southern Scotland.

It is thought that Bam Construct, Carillion and Balfour Beatty have been invited to tender for Renfrewshire Council’s framework, which will deliver its community infrastructure programme until 2014.

Bovis Lend Lease, Kier and Northern Irish contractor Graham are also understood to be on the shortlist for the four-year agreement, as well as a three-way joint venture between Prestwick-based Dawn Construction, Glasgowbased
CBC, and German giant Hochtief.

The line-up is completed by another joint venture - between Northern Irish firms Farrans, H&J Martin and Patton.

It is expected that up to four bidders will be appointed to the framework.

The agreement covers refurbishment and new build projects across the education, leisure, civic and community sectors.

Contracts awarded under the framework agreement may extend beyond the four-year term, the council has said.
The winning bidders will be required to provide design, quantity surveying, project and site management, civil, structural and electrical engineering services.

Contractors accepted onto the framework will be expected to bid for at least 70 per cent of the contracts
for the first phase of the council’s programme, which is worth £88m and scheduled to be completed by 2012.

Contracts under the first phase of the community infrastructure programme include the £24m redevelopment of a sports centre into a community sports hub at Linwood near Paisley.

It is anticipated work will begin this April and be completed in October 2012. A build-only contract will also
be let for the construction of the new £34m Park Mains High School. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2011 and complete in May 2012.

A £16.5m package of design and build primary school work, which will run from April 2010 until January 2012, may be included under the framework.

Renfrewshire Council has indicated it may also use the framework for “the procurement of works and associated services related to other categories of work” outside of the agreement.