UK CCS names winners in £30bn construction framework

WCN Editorial Team 4 Nov 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The UK government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has named 128 companies in the first tranche of a £30bn public sector construction framework.

The government has announced that public sector bodies can now use the CCS’s Construction Works and Associated Services agreement to find companies for building new schools, hospitals, office buildings, universities, prisons and houses. The maximum potential value for the next seven years is £30bn.

The agreement is expected to help public bodies from having to run expensive and lengthy procurement processes.

It is also expected to help the government and the construction sector achieve the objectives under the Construction Strategy and Industrial Strategy, which was formed in collaboration with industry and supports sustainable construction.

The 128 companies that were selected on the procurement agreement include 57 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The government said that 31 of 38 sub-lots have also been awarded. The remaining lots are expected to be awarded in due course.

Minister for Implementation Simon Hart said: “This agreement will help public bodies across the country carry out the work needed to build much-needed new housing as well as improve schools and hospital buildings.

“I know this will be welcomed by people up and down the country and I really look forward to seeing some of the incredible projects this agreement will help to facilitate.”

Claimed to be the first government-led construction agreement, it can be used by the public sector organisations to find companies to construct new buildings, refurbish existing properties, undertake repairs and demolition and also decommission redundant assets.

CCS buildings commercial director Sam Ulyatt said: “This new agreement provides a solid foundation for public sector bodies to achieve the best outcomes and value for their investment across the whole construction lifecycle.

“The principles of this agreement are collaboration and integration with supply chains, boosting innovation at a critical time and supporting the government’s work towards achieving a zero carbon 2050 target.”

The government said that the new agreement has been designed to ensure a level playing-field for SMEs. The framework includes different contract values and regional lots open for local suppliers to ensure that smaller companies can compete for places, as nearly 99% of all the providers in the construction industry are SMEs.

Housing associations and local authorities can also use the framework to commission the building of houses. CCS will directly engage with commissioners to provide procurement guidance and help the government in meeting its target of building 300,000 homes each year.


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