DfE invites contractors to bid for new four-year framework

THE Department for Education has invited contractors to apply for places on its new £7bn construction framework.

Lasting from 2021-25, the agreement will include the delivery programme and buildings for schools, academies, university technical colleges, sixth form colleges, further education colleges and other educattional facilities. 

It will succeed the current four-year framework, which began in 2017 and has 32 contractors on it, and is worth £1bn less than the current one. 

The new framework is broken down by value and region across 22 lots. High-value projects are split across two lots covering the North and South of England. Firms can bid for and be appointed to both lots. The northern region is expected to have a maximum value of £1.25bn over four years with the southern region worth £2.25bn.

Mid-value brands are split across eight regions:

  • North East and Yorkshire, worth
  • £300mNorth West, worth £150m
  • West Midlands, worth £200m
  • East Midlands, worth £200m
  • East of England, worth £300m
  • London, worth £720m
  • South East, worth £400m
  • South West, worth £250m

Low-value bands are split across 12 regions with a total combined value of £980m. Firms can bid for and be appointed to all 12 lots..

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