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Welsh health framework to be re-tendered this month

The Welsh government is gearing up to re-tender its Designed for Life major health projects framework, which comes to an end next year.

An official OJEU notice will be issued this month seeking three contractors to join the national framework for jobs worth more than £10 million.
The total value of the framework will be decided following the Welsh Assembly’s budget announcement.

The Designed for Life framework is worth about £180m a year, but it is anticipated the new framework will offer a lower volume of work.

Bam Construct, Interserve and Laing O’Rourke are the framework contractors.

Shared Services Partnership Facilities Services head of strategic planning and construction Patrick Reardon told H&V News the new framework would go live on 1 July 2012.

“We will also be procuring a framework for three supply chain partners, including designers and support frameworks on the client side for project management, cost advisers and CDM,” he said.

The largest job procured under the existing framework - the £128m Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr (Caerphilly General Hospital) - is due to be handed over at the end of the month.

The 31,000 sq m project includes space for 265 beds and was completed by Bam Construct over 161 weeks.

SSP is currently in the Alcatel period for three more regional Designed For Life frameworks for jobs worth £4-10m.

Each regional framework includes three project managers, three M&E contractors and three civil and structural engineers.