The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has appointed five companies for the design and build of up to £250 million worth of Ministry of Defence (MOD) construction projects in the East Midlands and Eastern England region. The framework covers an area spanning Lincolnshire to Essex.
Contracts have been awarded for the Regional Capital Works Framework East Midlands and Eastern England – delivering regional projects each valued at up to £12 million – to: Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Limited; Interserve Construction Limited; Mansell Construction Services Limited; Morgan Sindall Plc and Shepherd Construction Limited.
This framework is estimated to be worth between £100 million and £250 million over an initial four-year period, with the option to extend by up to a further three-years, and is the first of five other regional frameworks that are being procured under the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme for the delivery of construction projects on the Defence Estate. This award marks a major step forward in the NGEC programme. It is expected that, in addition to supporting other requirements, the frameworks will be used to procure a significant proportion of work in support of military rebasing until 2020.
Under the aims of the Government Construction Strategy, the framework will introduce the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the nec3 form of contract. They will champion prompt payment principles through the use of project bank accounts and other initiatives, as well as incorporate effective performance management, continuous improvement and benchmarking arrangements.
Andrew Manley, DIO, Chief Executive, said:
“DIO’s priority is to support our Armed Forces as they live, work and train on the military estate. I am pleased that future Defence construction requirements will start to be met through this Framework consisting of these respected businesses in what will be a busy time for military rebasing and site development. The Capital Works Frameworks programme will ensure ongoing competitive tension, better value for money, and will speed up the procurement of projects.”
Matt Foley, the Head of NGEC, said:
“DIO has worked hard to attract the best companies into the procurement process, whether as potential main contractors or subcontractors, and have rigorously evaluated the bidders’ ability to deliver a wide range of potential defence projects. I am confident that these companies are now ready to deliver the construction work the defence frontline requires.”
Interserve Construction’s MD, Ian Renhard said:
“This award builds on our long standing relationship with the DIO and enables Interserve to use the skills we have developed on a wide variety of defence projects to benefit the delivery of the first class facilities that our forces deserve. We are looking forward to working closely with our partners to deliver the DIO’s programme across the region. Drawing on our experience of using Building Information Modelling (BIM) on other government contracts, we know that its introduction to this framework represents a real opportunity to promote improved outcomes through collaboration.”
The Framework will be used for the majority of future UK Defence construction projects. When project requirements are identified as suitable for delivery through the framework, the five companies will be invited to engage in ‘mini-competitions’, tendering for design & build solutions.
The Regional Capital Works Framework for the East Midlands and Eastern England will operate alongside the National Capital Works Framework which will be used for projects worth up to £50 million.