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MoD contract procurement behind schedule

Contracts for the Ministry of Defence’s £5bn construction programme for the defence estate will be awarded late, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has said.

The DIO told NCE’s sister magazine Construction News that it missed its own deadline to shortlist contractors for the Regional Capital Works Framework for East Midlands and Eastern England, meaning the programme for awarding Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) has had to be revised.

A DIO spokesman said the anticipated dates for the capital frameworks had been revised, “reflecting the increased complexity and workload of evaluating a very high number of PQQs from potential bidders”.

Framework contracts were set to be procured in three batches, but will now be procured “in a consecutive fashion”, the DIO said. The National Capital Works Framework was originally scheduled to be advertised on 26 May, but that has now been put back to later in August. The DIO did not indicate when procurement will begin for other frameworks.

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