Places on £400m temporary-building framework up for grabs

A local authority has called for interest in delivering a whopping £400m worth of temporary buildings.

Kent County Council has published an official contract notice for a two-lot framework to supply structures for purchase and hire.

Public bodies – including other local authorities, NHS trusts, housing associations and fire brigades – will be able to access the agreement.

Buildings to be supplied under the framework include cabins, modular structures, containers and marquees.

Services such as design, construction, installation, project management and maintenance will also be required.

The framework is expected to become active from 1 September and last for four years. Firms have until 11 July to express their interest.

There is growing client interest in modern methods of construction. Six manufacturing companies secured spots this month on a £600m panel set up to deliver housing across the UK.

The sector has not been trouble-free recently, however.

A modular construction firm backed by Japanese giant Sekisui, Homes England and Manchester-based developer Urban Splash went into administration in May. And Newark-based contractor Caledonian Modular made losses of more than £20m in just 18 months before going into administration in March.

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