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First example of combined public sector contracts

05 February 2019

Government contracts covering activities ranging from construction to demolition and decommissioning of facilities are included in the Construction Works and Associated Services agreement launched last month.

According to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), it is the first time that a 'cradle to grave' approach has been adopted for public sector contracts.

The new framework includes refurbishment and repair, in addition to the other elements mentioned above, with numerous implications for the FM sector.

Designed to run for a seven-year period, the £30bn framework aims to provide customers and suppliers with the confidence to engage in long-term projects.

Covering all areas of the UK, the agreement expects to see involvement from both large and small organisations.

The CCS describes the initiative as a "first generation construction framework" that will be used for construction and civil engineering public sector projects.

It will also support the drive for prompt payment and incorporate the use of project bank accounts (PBAs), described as "particularly useful" for SME organisations and specialist suppliers.

Support for the objectives within the Government Construction Strategy, Construction 2025 and Industrial Strategy will also be built into the framework.

Companies registered on the CCS eSourcing system will be able to take part in a bidding event this Friday, 8 January, with further details available from the OJEU Contract Notice.

The government is additionally continuing its drive to see more SME companies involved in delivering public sector workd.


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