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Five contractors selected for southern defence frameworks

22 Dec 15 The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has chosen five construction contractors for the final two regional frameworks for Ministry of Defence capital works projects valued at up to £12m.

Part of the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme, the frameworks for design-and-build projects in the southeast and southwest of England are worth a combined £650m over the four-year term.

The chosen five are:

  • Galliford Try
  • Kier Construction
  • Volker Fitzpatrick
  • Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd [South East] / HBDW SPV [South West]
  • Morgan Sindall.

The framework for the southeast of England is anticipated to be worth up to £250m in the initial four-year period, with the option to extend by up to a further three years.

The framework for the southwest is anticipated to be worth up to £400m in the initial four-year period, also with the option to extend by up to a further three years.

The first construction projects likely to be delivered through the new frameworks include works at a variety of locations in support of the programmes for Army Basing and for Future Reserves 2020.

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DIO director of service delivery Leo O’Shea said: “DIO’s priority is to build a better Defence estate by providing the right buildings in the right places to meet the requirements of military personnel. I am pleased that southern England’s future Defence construction requirements can now be met through this framework. The capital works framework programme will ensure ongoing competitive tension, better value for money, and will speed up the procurement of projects.”

NGEC capital works frameworks project manager John Jones said: “The award of these frameworks continues the work to provide a consistent procurement process across the Defence estate that meets the requirements of the government construction strategy and which will bring about efficiencies in terms of cost, design and project delivery.”

These are the fourth and fifth DIO regional frameworks to be let, following the award of the framework for capital works in Scotland in 2014 and the awards of the national framework and the East Midlands and Eastern England regional framework in 2013. The two new frameworks for capital works projects in southern England will operate alongside the other regional frameworks to deliver construction projects valued at up to £12m each. More complex projects and cross-regional programmes valued at up to £50m are procured through the DIO’s national framework.

In line with the government construction strategy, the frameworks will introduce the use of building information modelling (BIM) and the NEC3 form of contract, adopt prompt payment principles through the use project bank accounts and other initiatives, and incorporate effective performance management, continuous improvement and benchmarking arrangements.

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