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Public sector urged to use firms on a new design framework for major building projects

Public sector clients are today being urged to use firms which have won places on a new government-backed framework agreement when tendering for project managers and designers.

Firms on government’s Buying Solutions framework include EC Harris, Turner & Townsend, Capita Symonds, Faithful & Gould, Mace, Mott MacDonald and Jacobs.

It is hoped that using firms on the Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework agreement will save public sector clients more than £70M. Firms on the framework have already been assessed by Buying Solutions, an offshoot of the Office of Government Commerce.

The public sector currently spends around £10bn per annum on accommodation, office refurbishments and renovation projects.

The new arrangements have been developed to provide a one-stop-shop solution for major projects or programmes of work.

Clients will make savings on procurement costs, as well as squeezing framework suppliers on price.

The savings in using the framework agreement are made in both time and procurement costs, with very simple project documentation and reduced evaluation costs,” said Buying Solutions property solutions category director Karen Webb.

“And because the framework agreement is an attractive proposition, the fee competition is intense, meaning customers will benefit from very high levels of quality at extremely advantageous prices.”

The new framework replaces an existing Buying Solutions framework agreement that expired earlier this year.

It provides customers with access to a project management and full design team service to take projects through the RIBA Plan of Work Stages and OGC Gateway Review Process when delivering new build schemes, regeneration and major works programmes.

Successful supplier appointments to the framework agreement are:

EC Harris LLP

Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Bovis Lend Lease

Drivers Jonas LLP

Turner & Townsend

Capita Symonds

Faithful + Gould


Mott MacDonald

Pick Everard


Rider Levett Bucknall

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