School awards national £500m local builder framework

Aaron Morby 7 years ago
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A Humberside school has gone it alone to roll out a national framework of local contractors qualified to deliver minor works valued at £50,000 to £5m.

It comes as officials at the Government’s Education Funding Agency plan a shake-up in procurement to get on-board more local contractors as main contractors increasingly turn away from small school jobs.

The EFA has been under fire for establishing a £4bn regional framework of firms that was restricted largely to the main national players despite being targeted at much smaller improvement works.

But this has backfired as some school projects are reported to be coming in up to 30% over budget, causing concern that the planned school estate upgrade will overspend.

Melton-based South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College enlisted the help of procurement specialist Pagabo to set up the new framework for jobs ranging from £50,000-£5m.

It will be rolled out to schools and academies who are free to choose their procurement route and want to use an alternative to the EFA regional frameworks.

Jason Stapley, Pagabo procurement director, said: “There is a huge gap in the market because SMEs are not being included in frameworks. We wanted to do something different as schools turn away from EFA and some other frameworks.

“This truly promotes smaller regional firms and doesn’t charge clients an upfront fee.”

The panel of firms will be open to all academies, main stream schools and colleges still under local authority control as well as all other public sector bodies in the UK.

South Hunsley School and Sixth form College will use the framework to call off work for a planned £10m expansion and maintenance programme over three phases.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is also looking at using the panel for its £5m improvement programme.

National Framework Agreement for Small to Medium Works

£1m-£5m

  • Morgan Sindall
  • Sewell Construction
  • Stepnell
  • Walter Carefoot & Sons (Construction)
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction
  • Shaylor Group
  • Hall Construction Group
  • Lakehouse Contracts
  • Britcon (UK)
  • Hobson & Porter
  • T&A Kernoghan
  • George Hurst & Sons
  • Management Cubed
  • Wildgoose Construction
  • Unico Construction

£500,000-£1m

  • Morgan Sindall
  • Stepnell
  • Sewell Construction
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction
  • Shaylor Group
  • Hall Construction Group
  • Lakehouse Contracts
  • Britcon (UK)
  • T&A Kernoghan
  • Hobson & Porter
  • Management Cubed
  • Unico Construction

£250,000 to £500,000 

  • Shaylor
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Sewell Construction
  • Hall Construction Group
  • Lakehouse Contracts
  • Britcon (UK)
  • Hobson & Porter
  • Management Cubed
  • George Hurst & Sons
  • Unico Construction

£50,000 to £250,000 

  • Sewell Construction
  • Lakehouse Contracts
  • Britcon (UK)
  • Hobson & Porter
  • George Husrt & Sons
  • Management Cubed
  • Unico Construction
  • Bell Decorating Group

 £5,000-£50,000

  • Lakehouse Contracts
  • Sewell Construction
  • Hobson & Porter
  • Management Cubed
  • Bell Decorating Group
  • Unico Construction

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