Big guns aim for £400m MoD major projects framework

Aaron Morby 10 years ago

MoD estate procurement chiefs have shortlisted 10 firms to battle it out for places on its new major construction projects framework.

Defence Infrastructure Organisation will use the National Capital Works Framework for jobs between £12m – £50m, and have urged subcontractors and suppliers to contact shortlisted firms.

The framework has attracted most of the industry big players, keen to secure long term work on the new national Next Generation Estate Contracts panel.

The NGEC team will invite tenders from the shortlisted bidders in order to finalise the list down to four or five firms.

    Shortlisted bidders

  • Balfour Beatty Group
  • BAM Construction
  • Carillion Construction
  • Interserve Construction
  • Kier Regional
  • Lend Lease Construction (EMEA)
  • Miller Construction (UK)
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Skanska UK
  • Wates Construction

The frameworks will deliver the majority of future MoD construction projects below £50m which are currently delivered through the existing regional prime contracts or by standalone contracts. Works below £12m will continue to be let by the previous route.

In support of the Government construction strategy launched last May, the frameworks are designed to reduce costs and improve value for money.

They will incorporate a raft of new measures such as: use of project bank accounts, the nec3 form of procurement, more focused performance management, and continuous improvement mechanisms.

DIO is also developing more coherent programming of construction projects to provide industry with better visibility of emerging requirements.

Steve Rice, Head of NGEC, said: “The top priority for DIO is to support our Armed Forces as they prepare for frontline operations by providing a first-class built estate that meets their needs.

“It is also important that we deliver these facilities sustainably and cost-effectively, in harmony with wider estate and Government interests.

“Defence Transformation is driving fundamental shifts in the military footprint which will start generating new built requirements. So, for the years ahead, we need a stable of excellent suppliers ready to tender competitive solutions.”

Jon Wooden, the Frameworks project manager, said: “This is a national contract that will involve the framework contractors competing for projects. These will require support from reliable businesses at a regional and local level.

“From door handles to low-carbon heating we would urge smaller suppliers and subcontractors to make their products and services known to the shortlisted bidders.”

To help suppliers and subcontractors identify potential supply chain and subcontracting opportunities, contact details for the shortlisted bidders will soon be published on the NGEC website.

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