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£4billion health framework will use Constructionline

The Department of Health’s £4billion ProCure21 + framework will use prequalified contractor register Constructionline to vet firms vying for work on the building programme.

All firms submitting an expression of interest for the six-year health capital investment framework will be asked to provide a Constructionline registration number.

Matt Kearsley, client relationship manager at the Government backed register, said: “A large and complex framework like ProCure21+ would normally place a huge administrative burden on both those applying and the procurement team at the Department of Health.

“However, using our system as a filter eliminates the need for Constructionline registered firms to submit substantial amounts of information and allows the DoH to focus on delivering quality in its selection process.”

The Department of Health will use the register – which is endorsed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) – in order to avoid the duplication of pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) assessment that has already been conducted.

Contractors registered with Constructionline will then be issued with the memorandum of information and a set of questions specific to ProCure21 +.

Where consortia, joint ventures or others structures are formed as a result of collaboration all member organisations will also be required to submit their Constructionline registration details.

An OJEU notice for the new framework - which will eventually replace the current ProcCure21 framework from September 2010 – was published last month.

Eight firms are on the existing Department of Health framework and scores of applications are expected for ProCure21 + as public sector funded work continues to provide a shelter from the recession for many firms.