Friday, October 31, 2014

News: Billion pound construction tender published

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Tendering has begun for £2 billion worth of construction work in the region's public sector under the new YORbuild2 framework.

The YORbuild Construction Framework has been in place since December 2009 and is a collaborative approach to the procurement of construction projects in the region. It has successfully delivered building projects for local authorities, public sector bodies and third sector organisation in Yorkshire and Humberside.

The Framework provides for speedy, efficient and inexpensive procurement of construction contracts. It also supports local employment and economy objectives by providing employment and skills opportunities to local residents.

The YORbuild framework is due to expire at the end of November 2015 and a new framework has been in development to replace it. The YORbuild2 tender notice and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) documents are now available, split into four regional areas that together total a potential £2 billion of work.

Based on feedback from the previous procurement exercise, the new structure has divided the framework into pools based on value and lots that are split into specific projects such as new housing. Lower value bands have been set up to encourage involvement by SMEs and local contractors.

Rotherham Council has taken a regional lead in the frameworks and will be the lead authority for a new South Area contractors framework under YORbuild2 which is worth up to £350m in six lots.

With companies accepted on to the EU-compliant framework, it means that project managers can select contractors without going through individual, lengthy procurement exercises.

Weight is also given to contractors that can provide employment and skills opportunities. Rotherham Council estimates that through projects in the borough, over 900 apprentice weeks have been provided; 566 students have participated in site visits and 388 students have attended skills workshops. Most notably, 45 Rotherham people have progressed into employment through the YORbuild framework.

Organisers are recommending that potential suppliers register on the YORtender website and a briefing event for the South Area is being held at Rotherham United's New York Stadium on November 13.

YORHub website

Images: George Hurst & Sons

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