The government has awarded a major new procurement agreement which will help shape public sector construction. All public sector bodies can use Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Construction Works and Associated Services agreement to find companies to help build things like new schools, hospitals, office buildings, universities, prisons, and houses. It has a maximum potential value of £30bn over the next seven years.
The agreement prevents public bodies having to run their own costly and time-consuming procurement exercises. It will help both the government and the construction sector in achieving objectives under the Government’s Construction Strategy and Industrial Strategy, which was formed in collaboration with industry and supports sustainable construction. CCS has named 128 suppliers, including 57 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on the procurement agreement. 31 of 38 sub-lots have been awarded today. CCS expects to award the remaining lots in due course. It is the first government-led construction agreement which can be used by the whole public sector. Organisations will use the agreement to find companies to construct new buildings, refurbish existing properties, undertake repairs and demolition, and decommission redundant assets.
The Minister for Implementation, Simon Hart, said:
"This agreement will help public bodies across the country carry out the work needed to build much-needed new housing as well as improve schools and hospital buildings. I know this will be welcomed by people up and down the country and I really look forward to seeing some of the incredible projects this agreement will help to facilitate."
Sam Ulyatt, Commercial Director, Buildings at CCS said:
"This new agreement provides a solid foundation for public sector bodies to achieve the best outcomes and value for their investment across the whole construction lifecycle."
The principles of this agreement are collaboration and integration with supply chains, boosting innovation at a critical time and supporting the government’s work towards achieving a zero carbon 2050 target. The new agreement was designed to ensure a level playing-field for SMEs. There are lots for different contract values and regional lots open to local suppliers, to ensure that smaller companies can compete for places. Close to 99% of all providers in the construction industry are SMEs. Housing associations and local authorities can use the agreement to commission house building. CCS will engage directly with commissioners to provide procurement guidance, helping the government to meet its target of building 300,000 homes each year. The agreement also provides access to specialist construction work for air-side and maritime construction services, as well as modern methods of construction, such as offsite manufacturing.
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The Government strategy looks to shape the right environment for business, invest in research, build a workforce with the right skills for industries of the future and seizing new trading opportunities after we leave the EU. The government previously announced that it is to launch a £12bn tender for cleaning and maintenance services at schools, hospitals and in other public buildings. SMEs within the FM sector will hugely benefit from using remote workforce management software when it comes to tendering to win more of these public sector contracts.
Christian Berenger, Managing Director of Ezitracker workforce technology commented:
"The facilities management and building services market is set to grow exponentially, and we have no doubt that further technological advances will be developed to disrupt and transform the sector. The digital work world that we live in has meant that the FM and cleaning environment has become highly competitive. With decreasing margins, FM service providers have had to adapt their proposition to deliver enhanced efficiencies as clients seek suppliers that offer better value for money, digital innovations and accurate management information and analytics. Ezitracker technology enables employers of large and small workforces such as cleaners and maintenance workers to reduce absenteeism, lower costs via automation, and increase productivity and efficiencies."
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