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£3bn schools framework to hit market in April

A £3 billion framework to design and build free schools, academies and other education facilities will go out to tender after easter.

The new framework will replace the existing version when it expires in November this year. It will be used by the Education Funding Agency, Academy Trusts and local authorities to select construction partners for the delivery of capital building projects.

The EFA expects to go out to OJEU on the new framework soon after easter in April. The successful contractors are expected to be in place and bidding for work from December 2013.

The EFA said a Prior Information Notice (PIN), published today on the Tenders Electronic Daily website, gives construction firms advance notice of the EFA going out to tender for the new Contractors’ Framework 2013.

It said government is spending £5bn to create thousands of new school places to meet the demand from rising birth rates.

Mike Green, Director of EFA Capital, said:“The existing Contractors’ Framework has demonstrated the value of this approach, both in terms of providing best value for money to the public purse and making it simpler and quicker to procure as well as providing a quick route to site.

“We have seen a number of local authorities choosing to use the Contractors’ Framework for their own locally-funded projects, as well as for those funded by central government, which speaks volumes about the effectiveness and efficiency of using this kind of framework.”

The new framework will retain some features of the current framework, including the call-off process.

But it will include a number of improvements to make the new framework work more efficiently such as a reduction in the time taken for the design engagement process.

The two geographical sectors used in the current framework will be retained.

The first sector is made up of the North West, the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber, the East Midlands and the West Midlands. The second is made up of the East of England, the South West, the South East and London. Bidders will be able to express an interest in one or both sectors.

It said contractors on the framework will provide design and construction services for projects, which will mean them working with architects, mechanical and electrical designers and installers, landscape architects, education furniture specialists and other related professionals in their supply chain.

Current framework:

Sector 1: North and the MidlandsSector 2: London, the South and the South and East of England
Balfour Beatty ConstructionApollo Property Services
Bam Construction Balfour Beatty Construction
Bovis Lend Lease Bam Construction
Carillion ConstructionBovis Lend Lease
Clugston ConstructionCarillion Construction
Interserve Projects ServicesInterserve Projects Services
Kier Regional JB Leadbitter & Co
Shepherd ConstructionKier Regional
Sir Robert McAlpineRydon Group
Vinci ConstructionSir Robert McAlpine
Willmott DixonWillmott Dixon

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