The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has named 128 suppliers on a major new procurement agreement which will help shape public sector construction
All public sector bodies can use Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Construction Works and Associated Services agreement to find companies to help construct new schools, hospitals, office buildings, universities, prisons, and houses.
The framework has a maximum potential value of £30bn over the next seven years.
The procurement agreement means public bodies will not have to run their own costly and time-consuming procurement exercises.
It will help both the government and the construction sector in achieving objectives under the government’s Construction Strategy and Industrial Strategy, which was formed in collaboration with industry and supports sustainable construction.
CCS has today revealed the 128 suppliers – including 57 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – on the procurement agreement. 31 of 38 sub-lots have been awarded.
CCS expects to award the remaining lots in due course.
The minister for implementation, Simon Hart, commented: “This agreement will help public bodies across the country carry out the work needed to build much-needed new housing as well as improve schools and hospital buildings.
“I know this will be welcomed by people up and down the country and I really look forward to seeing some of the incredible projects this agreement will help to facilitate.”
Sam Ulyatt, commercial director of buildings at CCS, added: “This new agreement provides a solid foundation for public sector bodies to achieve the best outcomes and value for their investment across the whole construction lifecycle.
“The principles of this agreement are collaboration and integration with supply chains, boosting innovation at a critical time and supporting the government’s work towards achieving a zero carbon 2050 target.”
The new procurement agreement was designed to ensure a level playing field for SMEs. There are lots for different contract values and regional lots open to local suppliers, to ensure that smaller companies can compete for places. Close to 99% of all providers in the construction industry are SMEs.
Housing associations and local authorities can use the agreement to commission housebuilding.
The agreement also provides access to specialist construction work for air-side and maritime construction services, as well as modern methods of construction, such as offsite manufacturing.