Procurement bodies launch Integrated Consultancy Framework

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Integrated Consultancy Framework, NWCH. SCF
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The North West Construction Hub (NWCH) and Southern Construction Framework (SCF) have launched a national Professional Services Framework

NWCH and SCF have invited applicants to tender for the Integrated Consultancy Framework (ICF).

The Integrated Consultancy Framework is a joint procurement with Manchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and Devon County Council to provide construction consultancy services to public sector bodies across England and Wales.

Due to commence on 4 May 2020 for 4 years, the new Professional Services Framework will complement NWCH and SCF construction frameworks and key members of the NACF (National Association of Construction Frameworks).

It will be available in regional lots to public sector clients in the North West, South West, South East, London, Wales, and West Midlands.

This Integrated Consultancy Framework will enable its users to demonstrate value for money from an open book system of accounting, design innovation and the removal of waste from the process of procurement. It will also focus on local value.

Keith Heard, framework manager for Southern Construction Frameworks, said: “The framework proposal was born out of a joint intellectual pool of ideas that can improve the way public sector construction procurement is being delivered.

“The new approach is an answer to the systemic failures of a fragmented construction industry. It will replace the unsustainable lowest price way of thinking and instead drive value driven collaborative working, based on an integrated team approach.”

Ian Hall, interim framework lead for North West Construction Hub, added: “This framework is an opportunity for industry leaders to not only develop a more sustainable ‘offsite’ and ‘digital construction’ solution for public sector clients but also to allow for local SME engagement and well-being.

“Single framework procurement is a mechanism to save time, cost and resources by doing it once, with the right values and culture in mind that allows for high impact solutions.”

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