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£7bn construction framework to include 70,000 supply chain suppliers

05 April 2017

Successful applicants to the National Construction framework have been announced for the largest project of its kind in the UK to date.

Announced by the Scape Group yesterday, the scheme will include more than 70,000 supply chain businesses, many of which are active within the FM sector.

The £7bn framework has been formed to meet growing demand for built environment projects "in an era of austerity", according to the announcement.

Divided into five lots, the four main contractors announced by Scape Group are Wilmott Dixon, Robertson, Wates and Lendlease.

Wilmott Dixon will be the lead contractor on two lots including major works in England and Northern Ireland, with the second lot covering major works in Wales.

The framework will last for four years and ensure "capacity and the most comprehensive mix of skills and expertise to deal with all construction projects a public body might need to deliver", said the report.

There will also be "significant opportunities" for SME companies within the supply chain of the framework, said Scape Group.

Works included within the framework will include major regeneration schemes, new primary and secondary schools, universities and colleges, court buildings, hospitals and the wider public estate.

The £7bn framework comes into effect from May 2017 and replaces the Scape Group's previous National Major Works version.

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