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Pagabo urges digital focus in bids for £10.5bn frameworks

9 September 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Richmond upon Thames College, delivered under the current Major Works framework by ISG

Framework organisation Pagabo has urged bidders for the the second terms of two national frameworks together worth £10.5bn to focus on technology and innovation if they want to be successful.

The National Framework for Professional Services in Construction and Premises (2020) and National Framework for Major Works (2020) both go out to tender this month.

The Major Works framework – open for tender today – is suitable for projects from £5m and above. It currently includes 12 contractors split across three project value bands and six regions.

The Professional Services framework – open for tender from 13 September – is for projects up to £500m and has 15 lots including civil, structural and highways engineering, building services, landscaping and building surveying. The framework features more than 50 providers split across 14 service specific lots.

Winning contractors will find out if they have a place on the frameworks by December this year, before the frameworks become active in April 2020.

Pagabo chief executive Simon Toplass claimed the frameworks have delivered “high double-digit” growth year on year since their inception in 2016. He said: “That growth is expected to continue. We are predicting to more than treble the throughput of projects being delivered by the two frameworks over the next four years. Importantly, Pagabo’s full suite of eight frameworks has delivered social value of more than £1.5 billion to date – and this continues to be a major focus for the organisation.”

He added: “The tender process for suppliers looking to be appointed to our frameworks need to show strong finances, lots of relevant experience and, in particular, share our three key values and ambitions around social value, supporting SMEs, and technology.

“Technology, and how suppliers are using it in the construction sector will be the biggest differentiator when we select our partners for the next term of both frameworks. Pagabo believes that technology is vital for the future of our industry not just to increase productivity and tackle more complex projects, but because it is key to encourage younger people to our industry.

“We know that digital technology is hugely attractive to young people with millions moving into the sector every year. We want to show that digital technology can be applied to construction – and highlighting this could really help bridge the skills gap.

“Technology is also important to help make our sites safer and encourage collaboration among multiple partners working together on schemes.”

The current Major Works framework, which runs to April, has delivered projects for clients including Liverpool John Moores University, St Albans District Council, Richmond upon Thames College, Merseyside Police, Birmingham Symphony Hall, National Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Doncaster Council.

Meanwhile the Professional Services framework has delivered projects for Southampton City Council, Anchor 2020, Department of Health, Manchester City Council, Northumberland County Council, Humber Foundation NHS Trust and Leeds Beckett University.

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