The selected contractors are: Kier; Morrison Construction; Mansell; and Robertson Construction. They are now pre-selected to work on projects estimated to be worth around £6m per year for the next four years.
HIE is now discussing a number of pipeline projects with the businesses and hopes to award the first projects under the framework later in 2013.
HIE director of regional development Carroll Buxton said: “We are delighted to have agreed a contract with these four highly skilled and respected companies, all of which have strong links to the area. This partnership framework approach provides flexibility for the businesses and healthy competition for us which will ensure best value for the public purse.”
Kier Construction regional managing director Brian McQuade said: “The appointment to HIE’s framework will provide Kier with an excellent opportunity to continue its relationship with local communities delivering employment and training opportunities in various disciplines and professions in the construction industry.
“Kier looks forward to supporting HIE in its role as the economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Our knowledge and relationship with the local supply chain combined with our national buying power will deliver best value construction solutions that will support community benefits and development throughout the highlands.”