The 18 firms will be part of the Technical Advisory Framework which has taken on the services previously covered by the Technical Adviser Framework and the Programme and Project Management Framework.
The four new frameworks being established by PfS will help local authorities choose the right private sector partner to work with them to rebuild schools or construct new high quality facilities.
The eighteen firms will provide technical advisory services with 13 of them also being able to act additionally as Lead Adviser.
The members of the new Technical Advisory Framework are listed below potential lead advisers are denoted with an asterisk.
Framework firms: Capita, Currie & Brown, Cyril Sweett, David Langdon, EC Harris*, Entec UK, Faber Maunsell*, Faithful & Gould*, Gardiner & Theobald*, Gleeds*, MACE*, Mott MacDonald*, Mouchel*, Navigant*, Ove Arup*, Turner & Townsend*, White Young Green and WSP*.
Tim Byles, Chief Executive of PfS said: “It is nearly four years since PfS launched the adviser frameworks, and over this time we have seen the importance of being able to recommend well-informed professional support which is committed to the objectives of the BSF programme, whilst also guaranteeing competitive rates and value for taxpayers’ money.
“This new framework - combining Technical and Project Management advice - provides flexibility for local authorities to get the right support for their particular needs.
“Also with the addition of the Lead Adviser role in both the Technical and Financial frameworks Authorities have increased choice for this service.
“There are some new firms amongst the members of this new framework, as well as those which were included on the earlier frameworks.
'Collectively, they will provide efficient access to consistent, high quality advice, and help local authorities to make their BSF vision a reality.”