DfE starts race for £7bn schools framework renewal

Aaron Morby 10 months ago
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The Department for Education has started the tender race for a fresh line-up of firms to deliver its £7bn school building programme over four years.

More than 30 contractors on the existing schools and further education colleges mega framework are facing a fight for places ahead of the new panel of preferred contractors being selected in the autumn.

Chiefs at DfE are gearing up for a major school building push promised by Boris Johnson as part of his Covid-19 infrastructure recovery programme.

Over £1bn will be released shortly to fund the first 50 projects of an ambitious, 10-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21.

These first projects will be confirmed in the Autumn, and construction on the first sites will begin from September 2021.

Like the previous framework firms can bid for 22 lots. For high-value projects over £12m, England is being split again into north and south regional panels of building contractors.

Medium value projects between around £5m and £12m will be divided into eight regional lots and lower value schemes a dozen regional lots.

DfE Construction Framework lots


High value band

  • North: Total spend £1.25bn – 5 firms
  • South: £2.25bn – 7 firms

Medium value Band

  • North East of England and Yorkshire: £300m – 5 firms
  • East Midlands: £200m – 5 firms
  • East of England: £300m – 6 firms
  • London: £720m – 6 firms
  • South East of England: £400m – 6 firms
  • South West of England: £250m – 5 firms
  • West Midlands £200m: – 5 firms
  • North West of England: £150m – 4 firms

Low value band

  • North East of England: £75m – 4 firms
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: £75m – 4 firms
  • East Midlands: £60m – 5 firms
  • East of England A: £60m – 5 firms
  • East of England B: £75m – 5 firms
  • London: £150m- 6 firms
  • South East of England A: £150m – 6 firms
  • South East of England B: £75m – 5 firms
  • South West of England A: £50m – 4 firms
  • South West of England B: £60m – 4 firms
  • West Midlands: £75m – 5 firms
  • North West of England: £75m – 4 firms

Firms have until 5 February to submit prequalification information. Click here to express an interest.

 

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