Bidding opens for £750m North West framework


Bidding opens for £750m North West framework

Manchester City Council and other partners included in the North West Construction Hub procurement group have called contractors to enter the prequalification stage for the region’s medium value frameworks for the next four years.


The current group of 14 contractors are working on the medium value framework, which was established in 2010 and will expire in April 2014, marking the beginning of the new framework for the period of 2014-2018.


The framework, managed by Manchester City Council, is used by a range of councils, schools, colleges and NHS trusts to facilitate the building work by reaching agreements on finances from the start.


The construction works of the new theatre and cinema at First Street in Manchester through the hub was assigned to Wates, while Laing O’Rourke was appointed on the £100m Manchester Town Hall Extension and Central Library refurbishment. Similarly, Liverpool City Council nominated Morgan Sindall and Kier to build new schools.


The medium value frameworks are worth £2m to over £9m in Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside and the final two higher value ones are for projects worth £5m to £9m across the region.


Since 2010 the high and medium value frameworks together have been used by 57 customers on 124 projects with a total construction value of £783m.


The renewal process of the £1bn high value framework for jobs over £9m is already in progress; invitations to tender were published in August 2013 and submissions were due in early October.


PQQs should be obtained from and uploaded to the CHEST portal at The submission deadline is 8 January 2014 at 7pm.


The Chest reference for this contract notice is NWCE – 9D2KVJ.