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PNW selects 20 contractors for £2bn framework

Companies have been named across four lot sizes for a £2bn, four-year construction framework covering Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside. The wide-ranging framework covers public sector bodies across the region, and is open to NHS bodies, emergency services, colleges, universities, schools, local authorities, housing associations, and registered charities.

Leisure providers, the Ministry of Defence, and other government departments will also be able to procure projects through the framework.The framework, worth a potential £2bn in total, is expected to run until 2022.

Lot 1, covering projects worth £1m – £5m: Casey Group, Crossfield, Cruden, Eric Wright, Esh, Henry Boot Construction, Seddon Construction, Whitfield & Brown

Lot 2, covering projects worth £5 – £15m: Bardsley Construction, Eric Wright, Galliford Try, Interserve, ISG, Graham, Kier Construction, Wates

Lot 3, covering projects worth £15m – £25m: Bam, Galliford Try, Interserve, Kier Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Wates, Willmott Dixon

Lot 4, covering projects worth more than £25m: Bam, Laing O’Rourke, McLaren, Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon

More than 70 bids were received across the four lots.

Robbie Blackhurst, managing director of Liverpool-based Procure North West, said: “When we built the Procure North West Framework the key driver was to establish an OJEU-compliant framework that captured all of the pockets of best practice from other framework procurement routes and pull them under one umbrella.

“This has enabled us to develop a procurement tool for the public sector that is not only effective and efficient but also offers clients a degree of flexibility whilst providing demonstrable value for money.

“Having the contractor partners on board was the last missing piece of the jigsaw and we are delighted that the framework is now live and can start to support the public sector deliver their capital projects.”

Procurement North West launched the framework in February, followed soon after by the North West Construction Hub reissuing tender documents as it looks to refresh its high value framework, covering projects worth more  than £9m. There are six incumbents: Bam, Galliford Try, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Wates.