New schools framework in April

Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:25
Written by Scott Buckler

A £3 billion framework to design and build free schools, academies and other education facilities will go out to tender after easter

The new framework will replace the existing version when it expires in November this year. It will be used by the Education Funding Agency, Academy Trusts and local authorities to select construction partners for the delivery of capital building projects.

The EFA expects to go out to OJEU on the new framework soon after easter in April. The successful contractors are expected to be in place and bidding for work from December 2013.

The EFA said a Prior Information Notice (PIN), published today on the Tenders Electronic Daily website, gives construction firms advance notice of the EFA going out to tender for the new Contractors' Framework 2013.

It said government is spending £5bn to create thousands of new school places to meet the demand from rising birth rates.

Mike Green, Director of EFA Capital, said:"The existing Contractors' Framework has demonstrated the value of this approach, both in terms of providing best value for money to the public purse and making it simpler and quicker to procure as well as providing a quick route to site.

"We have seen a number of local authorities choosing to use the Contractors' Framework for their own locally-funded projects, as well as for those funded by central government, which speaks volumes about the effectiveness and efficiency of using this kind of framework."

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