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ProCure21+ offers £640m-worth of work in first year

NHS building framework ProCure21+ has provided contractors with £640 million of work in the 12 months since its launch.

The six contractors that won positions on ProCure21+ are celebrating its first birthday.

There has been the equivalent of a project a week to bid for and procurement processes have been as short as four weeks.

ProCure21+ saw contractors Miller and Willmott Dixon joining Balfour Beatty, Interserve, Kier and Vinci/Sir Robert McAlpine.

The four firms that came from ProCure21, the previous framework, have each won more than £10m, but the newcomers are catching up fast.

More than 50 firms originally expressed an interest in the framework, and in early November 2010 a fierce battle ensued for more than £100m of work.

After Kier won the first two jobs, the floodgates then seemed to open, with 52 projects worth about £750m pouring into the framework so far, £110m of which are still to be awarded.

The contractors involved insist they are partners rather than rivals, however, and pool knowledge gained on jobs.

As well as collaborating with each other, the contractors are reported to have been working closely with trusts.

If its success continues, ProCure21+ is expected to provide a practical example of how efficient procurement and a partnering approach can allow capital works to take place, despite the difficult spending environment.