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UK government launches £2.8bn mega framework

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The Cabinet Office is recruiting architects and multidisciplinary teams for a two-year design framework worth up to £2.8 billion in fees

The ‘pan-government framework’, overseen by the Crown Commercial Service, will provide design services throughout the UK for any Whitehall department or public body.

Up to 15 multidisciplinary teams will be selected for the contract alongside a maximum of 10 architectural firms in a separate lot.

Further lots, covering project management, cost management, civil and structural engineering, and building services engineering, will also feature up to 10 participants each.

According to the contract notice: ‘The framework agreement will provide public sector bodies with project management and full design team services as part of a multidisciplinary team, or to call on individual disciplines, as required.

‘The duration of this framework agreement is for a two year period with two options to extend, each for a period of one year in duration, up to a maximum four year-term in total.’

Multidisciplinary teams chosen for the contract will only be awarded up to two places on the additional lots. Participants may hold places on all five additional lots if they are not chosen for the multidisciplinary role.

Applicants for the multidisciplinary lot must have employer’s liability insurance, public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance covering up to £10 million.

Bids for all appointments will be assessed 75 per cent on quality and 25 per cent on cost. The winning teams will be notified in March next year and the framework will start operating in the same month.

The deadline for applications is 3pm on 21 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service
9th Floor, The Capital
Old Hall Street
Liverpool
L3 9PP

Tel: +44 3450103503
Email: supplier@crowncommercial.gov.uk, eenablement@crowncommercial.gov.uk

 

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  • £2.8billion in 2 years seems like a fast spend! Given the extensive cost and time need to apply for frameworks why not a 5 year framework?

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