Thirteen contractors have secured places on a North West Construction Hub framework worth up to £1.5bn.
Lot 1 of the framework covers schemes valued between £8M to £15M, lot 2 covers schemes values between £15M and £35M, while lot 3 covers ones of over £35M.
Kier and John Graham were the only two firms that were able to gain places on all three construction value bands.
Balfour Beatty, Bouygues UK and Vinci managed to secure places on both Lot 2 and 3.
Balfour Beatty Regional North and Midlands managing director Thomas Edgcumbe said: “Having recently been appointed to a number of key civil engineering frameworks in the region along with the North West Construction Hub high value framework, we are expertly positioned to support the delivery of the North West of England’s current and future building and infrastructure requirements.”
The framework is set to run for three years, with the potential to be extended to four.
“There are already some interesting projects lined up with clients who have been eagerly awaiting this announcement,” frameworks lead at the North West Construction Hub Joanna Chomeniuk said.
Neil Walker, framework director for ISG, who gained a place on lots 1 and 2, said: “The significance of the North West Construction Hub in delivering the vital infrastructure that supports our communities cannot be underestimated.
“As a forum for sharing best practice and innovation, fostering strong collaboration and focusing on driving efficiencies throughout the build process, this framework is a stand-out performer and an exemplar of how public/private partnerships generate real value and deliver much-needed facilities in the shortest possible timeframe.”
Darren Lee, commercial director at Conlon Construction, who secured a place on lot 1, said: “As a North West regional contractor we have completed 24 North West Construction Hub projects to date, on both the Low and Medium frameworks over the past six years. We are looking forward to our first High Value project and the opportunity to promote the continuing success of this collaborative framework.”
It is expected that Manchester City Council and other local authorities will be the main users of the framework.
The news follows Manchester City Council in September launching a search for contractors to work on its £1bn construction framework for modular and portable buildings across the North West.