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7th September 2017

NEPO starts procurement of regional Building Construction Works solution

The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) has launched the procurement process for a new regional solution for Building Construction Works. This follows extensive consultation with construction suppliers and their representative bodies, including the Construction Alliance North East (CAN).

The Building Construction Works solution will ensure availability of skilled contractors to deliver building construction works packages and design services of differing values and complexities. This will include new build work, extensions, improvements and renovations of a range of public buildings.

The solution will be available for use by NEPO Member Authorities and the wider North East public sector via NEPO’s associate membership scheme.

With an anticipated annual value of £90m, the solution will replace the current Building Construction Works framework which was awarded in 2014. Following market consultation, NEPO has introduced a revised lot structure to better cater for smaller value works and encourage participation from SMEs.

Michael Curtis, NEPO’s Category Specialist for Construction, said:

“NEPO’s new solution for Building Construction Works aims to deliver, not only value and compliance for the North East public sector, but added-value in terms of wider benefits for our communities. The existing solution saw the delivery of £77M worth of public sector construction projects and we are keen that SMEs and local suppliers are able to compete to deliver this work. NEPO has therefore introduced a lotting structure for low, medium and high value work.

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addition we have set out clear expectations for bidders to demonstrate their commitment to social value, and will monitor the delivery of these outcomes through our robust performance management arrangements.”

The timescales for the procurement process are as follows:​
  • September 2017 - Issue Selection Questionnaire (SQ)
  • November 2017 - Issue Invitation to Tender (ITT)
  • February 2018 - Award solution
  • April 2018 - Solution commences

Read more about the Construction category at ​https://www.nepo.org/solutions/construction