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Number of contractors cut on £5.2bn Southern Construction Framework

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Hampshire and Devon County Councils have relaunched the £5.2bn Southern Construction Framework (SCF), halving the number of contractors expected to be appointed.

The councils have put out a new tender of works for the framework after “changes in the scope of work”, slashing the number of prospective contractors in the process. 

The three regional lots, which make up the UK’s biggest regional building framework, consolidate public works in the South West England (£1.5BN), South East England (£1.75BN) and London (£2BN).

When originally launched in March 2018, the framework outlined plans to appoint 20 contractors in the South West and 16 each in the South East and London regions. Those numbers have now been cut to 10, eight and eight respectively.

SCF project manager Christopher Cook told New Civil Engineer that the original framework has now been scrapped and that they are starting over. 

“We’ve pulled the original framework and started the whole process again after the content changed during tender. Previously it was a restricted tender but now it is open. We are still working to the original timescales,” he said. 

The new programme will be the fourth generation of the SCF and will deliver construction projects to around 50 public sector clients.

Projects featured include public buildings; infrastructure works such as drainage, roads, flood defence or contamination remediation; and services infrastructure. Work is expected to include new build, renovations and repairs.

Major civil engineering works such as highways, major bridges or coastal works will not be included unless they form part of enabling works aligned with a significant project.

The new framework runs for four years from April 2019. 

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