Government picks firms to lead £500m modular crusade

Aaron Morby 5 years ago
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The Crown Commercial Service has named its favoured 23 firms to deliver a modular buildings revolution for public sector projects.

Five big players and 18 SMEs to deliver Government's modular construction programme across big spending departments (pic: courtesy of Vision Modular Systems)
Five big players and 18 SMEs to deliver Government's modular construction programme across big spending departments (pic: courtesy of Vision Modular Systems)

The line-up includes five major suppliers – Caledonian, Elliott, McAvoy, Portakabin and Wernick – supplemented with 18 SMEs.

The new ‘uber’ framework for modular buildings will operate for the next four years and has been carved into seven lots, including design and build of specialist education and healthcare modules as well as other public sector building.

It has been developed with a particular focus on education and healthcare, with Lots 1 to 4 focussing exclusively on these sectors over different value bands.

Lots 5 to 7 are for the supply of modular building solutions for all other sectors, including housing, defence and commercial and retail.

Firm Lot
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Actaccom X X X X
Ashby & Croft X X X
Caledonian Modular* X X X
Darwin Group . X X X X X
Eco Modular Buildings X
Elite Systems (GB) X X X X
Elliott Group* X X X X X X
Extraspace Solutions UK X X X X X X
Ideal Building Systems X
Integra Buildings X X
McAvoy Group* X X X X
Module AR X X X X
ModuleCo Healthcare X
ModuleCo X
Net Zero Buildings X
Pickerings Hire X
Portakabin* X X X X X
Premier Modular X X X X X X
REDS10 (UK) X X X X
Rollalong X X
Wernick Buildings* X X
Western Building Systems X X X
Windward  t/a Cotaplan X X
Total firms per lot 12 10 11 8 9 10 12
*rated as major player

Lot breakdown: 1 new education;  2 new healthcare; 3 hire of education; 4 hire for healthcare; 5 hire or purchase of other buildings up to £750,000 value; 6 hire or purchase of other buildings £750k to £3.5m; 7 hire or Purchase of other buildings over £3.5m

The Modular Building Solutions framework will supersede the existing Department for Education and Skills framework established last year.

John Welch, Deputy Director – Construction Services, said: “CCS is really pleased to be able to provide the public sector with such a comprehensive solution to their temporary building requirements.

“The current generation of modular buildings are solid, well insulated, and can be appropriately specified – providing a quick, safe and cost-effective answer to our customers’ needs.

“Although we have put education and healthcare sector customers at the forefront of our framework design this framework has been prepared to serve all aspects of central government and the wider public sector for their temporary and semi-permanent modular building requirements.”

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