NEPO expects its next-generation four-year framework to attract a total spend of £400m following firm commitments from a dozen north east local authorities.
But it hopes new national lots will create even more interest from outside the region.
Previously the framework was confined to smaller value lots in the north east alone.
The revamped framework is now structured to set up pools of contractors for three tiers of geography.
The local Tees Valley, Durham, Northumberland Tyne and Wear areas; the wider North East region; and now nationally for the first time.
Selected contractors will deliver a host of civils work from highways, water infrastructure to coastal and river defences and public realm.
Civil engineering works lot structure
1 Works up to £750,000 -Tees Valley
2 Works up to £750 000 – Durham, Northumberland Tyne and Wear
3 Works £750,000 – £1.5m -Tees Valley
4 Works £750,000-£1.5m – Durham, Northumberland Tyne and Wear
5 Works £1.5m-£3m – North East
6 Works £3m-£5m – North East
7 Works £5-£10m – North East
8 Works £10m above – North East
9 Works £1m-£5m – National
10 Works £5m-£10m – National
11 Works above £10m – National
12 Works £5m to £10m (single supplier solution)
13 Works £10m above (single supplier solution)
Existing partners include: Balfour Beatty, Colas, Esh, Eurovia, Farrans, Galliford Try, Interserve, JN Bentley, Sisk, McLaughlin & Harvey and Morgan Sindall
Sunderland City Council is lead council behind the procurement.
Firms of all sizes have until 2 October to express an interest. Click here.
The new framework will go live in April 2021.