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Mix of national and regional contractors shortlisted for £3bn framework

Property services firm NPS Group has shortlisted 10 firms to tender for its new £3bn Social Infrastructure Development framework, Construction News understands.

Contractors invited to tender include Bouygues, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Wates and Willmott Dixon, as well as five smaller regional contractors (see full list below).

The framework will be used to design, finance and build social infrastructure projects on surplus public sector land, which will be transferred to the framework winners.

They will have the opportunity to make returns through private development on the same sites.

Shortlisted contractors

  • Bouygues Development
  • CCG
  • Countryside Properties
  • Durkan
  • Kier Partnership Homes
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Seddon Solution
  • Sewell Group
  • Wates Construction
  • Willmott Dixon

 

NPS expects to appoint up to seven contractors to the framework, which is set to start operating in April 2015.

Up to £3bn of projects are expected to be put through the framework over four years, including schools, care homes, social housing and police stations.

Tim Byles, chief executive of Cornerstone Property Assets, which has introduced the first set of education projects to the framework, told Construction News in December that work delivered through it will be “based on EFA framework rates” for school building, but that those rates “will not be enforced” on successful bidders

Earlier this month, Willmott Dixon was appointed to redevelop a school in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, and build 88 new homes on the school site in a £25m deal, which was also brokered by Cornerstone.

Around 70 expressions of interest were received for the framework in November and December.

Once appointed, successful contractors will engage in mini competitions to bid for each project released to the framework.

There are eight projects currently lined up for the new framework, all of which are in the education sector and worth between £10m and £50m.

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