Contractors alerted to £1.4bn worth of building work

Work on buildings across the Telford and Wrekin local authority totalling £1.4bn has been opened to tender.

The works package is split into two dynamic purchasing systems (DPS) of £1.2bn and £200m, with the larger of the two covering major works and the second involving minor works.

The scheme will operate using the DPSs rather than a traditional framework system. It means that suppliers will be pre-checked and approved to speed up the award of individual contracts.

Different to other schemes, new contractors will be permitted to join the framework at any time during the four-year-long packages.

The framework client, Telford and Wrekin Council, in Shropshire, has divided the major-works DPS into three lots worth £400m each. The lots could cover new-build, refurbishment or redevelopment works in the residential, education, commercial and industrial sectors. But they are not expected to include planned maintenance work, which will be procured separately.

The first lot is for jobs worth between £800,000 and £1.5m, while lot two covers jobs valued at between £1.5m and £4.6m. Lot three is for contracts worth between £4.6m and £120m.

There is no limit to the number of contractors that will be allocated to the frameworks. Contractors interested in the major-works framework can submit tenders here by midday on 9 September.

The minor-works framework is split into seven lots based on the nature of the work. Lots one to three cover construction work and are worth £30m, £50m and £70m respectively. Lot one includes jobs worth up to £150,000, while work on lot two will be worth between £150,000 and £500,000. Finally, lot three covers work valued at between £500,000 and £800,000.

Lots four and five of the minor-services framework cover building-services work. Jobs worth up to £150,000 will be awarded on lot four, which has a £10m cash pot. Contractors appointed to lot five could scoop work worth between £150,000 and £800,000, with a total cash pool of £20m available.

The council will award demolition via lot six for contracts worth between £50,000 and £800,000. That lot is worth £20m.

A total of £5m has been earmarked on lot seven for asbestos-removal works, with individual jobs valued at up to £800,000.

The minor-works framework has the same 9 September deadline for tender responses. Interested contractors may submit their bids here.

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