SME contractors to benefit from ARC Partnership building framework

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A new opportunity has been announced for SME contractors across Nottinghamshire to benefit from the expansion of the Arc Partnership building framework over the next four years

The Arc Partnership building framework – a joint venture between Nottinghamshire County Council and public sector procurement specialist SCAPE – will see up to £17m of built environment projects procured by Arc Property Services Partnership Limited.

Arc Partnership has announced that it intends to reprocure its General Building framework this year, which will be made available to potential suppliers in the next few weeks.

New Arc Partnership building framework will aid in developing social value

The second generation building framework marks a £7m expansion on the cumulative value of projects being procured through Arc Partnership’s existing framework.

The expansion of the Arc Partnership building framework will further aid the growth of local businesses while delivering extensive social value in local communities, including through skills development.

Up to 33 contractors will secure a place on the framework, delivering projects across Nottinghamshire County Council properties including County Hall, between 2023 and 2027.

A pre-qualification questionnaire will be made available to bidders to express their interest in the framework in late April, with preferred bidders announced in December 2022.

New framework aims to move towards a greener and sustainable built environment

Councillor Reg Adair, vice-chairman of the economic development and asset management committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, commented: “One of our major priorities over the coming years is boosting the local economy, and we’re looking to do all we can to support local firms through our building works.

“We want to create the right environment for businesses in our county to grow, while also moving towards greener, more sustainable, cost-effective and efficient buildings, to save taxpayers money in the long term.

“So far Arc Partnership projects have generated more than £210 million in local investment, with almost £190 million in contracts for Nottinghamshire businesses, who are creating jobs and reinvesting in the future of our county. This new framework is part of our commitment to build a better more prosperous future for our residents.”

Framework ‘proved a bedrock’ for local contractors

Daniel Maher, managing director of Arc Partnership, also commented: “Throughout the pandemic, our framework, and the public spend it supports, has proved a bedrock for local contractors who have previously built their name and reputation with the backing of Arc Partnership and the Council.

“Looking ahead, we hope to provide more opportunities for local businesses to continue to secure a strong pipeline of work that enables them to create both employment opportunities and invest in future skills.

“The expansion of our framework represents the ambitious level of work planned locally over the next four years and, with it, the opportunity to deliver extensive social value for local communities.

“The successful contractors will also be able to build relationships with the high-profile network of delivery partners that, through SCAPE, are expected to facilitate as much as £14bn in public sector investment across the UK, and in particular within the East Midlands and Nottinghamshire, in the coming years.”

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