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Civils firms win major infrastructure framework

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Three of civil engineering’s biggest names have won an innovative framework for jobs between £8M and £25M across the South of England.

Designed by Hampshire County Council, the Generation 3 framework means that when a big project gets the go-ahead, local authorities will not have to procure separately. It will be used by more than 40 local authorities covering an area from Devon to Kent. It covers large-scale civil engineering and highways infrastructure work over the next four years and is one of three frameworks planned for the region. The firms are BAM Nuttall, Carillion and Skanska.

Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, transport and the environment Seán Woodward said: “Hampshire is leading the way here in establishing this framework for the whole of the South. Good infrastructure is key to the economic prosperity of any area and this Generation 3 framework will benefit not only the local economy but all who live and work in the area by ensuring resources are well used and money is well spent.

“The framework will support our own ambitious capital programme of works, and shows the importance of scale and collaboration, saving us, and all the authorities in the South, time and money by not having to procure separately each time we get the go-ahead for a major project. We’ve assessed these suppliers thoroughly on everything from performance and value for money through to their sustainable policies and commitment to apprenticeships, with an emphasis on public service delivery.”

Skanska operations director Gerry Curran said: “This innovative model is an excellent example of how strategic regional planning can ensure local resources are used efficiently.”

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