Southern Construction Framework

Construction and services group Kier has been selected as one of the partners on all three lots of the £4bn Southern Construction Framework in the UK.

Other partners include Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall Group and BAM.

Administered by Devon County Council in the South West, the four-year framework will have a pipeline of multiple contracts valued at £1m and above.

The Southern Construction Framework comprises Construction Framework South West (CFSW), the iESE framework (SE) and the London Construction Programme (LCP), to cater to needs of a range of public sector organisations for London and the south.

The Kier structure of local delivery alongside regional and central management provides a regional, as well as national management structure.

It also supports the aims of the initiative in keeping the funding within the immediate project area and supporting small and medium enterprises, and local investment.

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Kier managing director of Strategic Framework Alliances Neil Pates said: "We have been working for many years on the CFSW and SE frameworks, which have provided us with a large number of regional projects.

"So we are delighted to be awarded a place on a framework that combines these and more, as it is an excellent way to build on our success, with the potential to substantially expand our work with the public sector in London and the south."

Set to be operational later this year, the programme will include new-build and refurbishment opportunities across the public sector.

"The programme will include new-build and refurbishment opportunities across the public sector."

In a separate announcement, Kier has been selected as a preferred bidder for two substantial new contracts totalling £130m at King’s Cross in London.

Projects R7 and R8, which will be located at the 67-acre King’s Cross Central Development site, will offer a mixture of housing, retail, leisure and commercial office space.

The 150,000ft² development R7’s west tower will have 13 storeys of offices above a cinema and retail units, while the east tower will hold 11 storeys of offices above retail space at ground level.

Spread over an area of 200,000ft² R8 is a scheme to construct a mixture of private and affordable housing together with office accommodation and retail space.

Image: The Southern Construction Framework is administered by Devon County Council. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty.