Birmingham City Council has created a new commissioning strategy for building projects and repairs that could give other councils the opportunity to share significant savings on projects worth up to £3.5bn.
The city has created an integrated strategy for council-owned non-housing properties that neighbouring authorities can opt into, opening the door for reduced procurement costs – particularly in relation to larger-scale projects otherwise have been subject to separate European Procurement tendering processes.
The Constructing West Midlands Framework includes contracts for legionella inspection and servicing, a variety of reactive and planned maintenance work
City council finance lead Randal Brew (Con) said the framework would provide a high-quality, cost effective, innovative delivery vehicle covering all aspects of public sector construction activity for the council and the wider west Midlands region.
“The principles underpinning this are wholly consistent with the government construction strategy published earlier this year, and all contractors appointed to the lots under the framework will have demonstrated their ability and commitment to work collaboratively with the council and other framework contractors,” he said.
“The council looks forward to working with everyone involved with the framework on many successful projects in the years to come.”
The framework will run for an initial four years, with the potential to undergo two two-year extensions.
Among the firms with contracts to serve the framework are: Integrated Water Services, Middleton Maintenance Services Ltd, Kendrick Construction, Mitie Property Services, Community Solutions West Midlands; Mansell Construction Services, Thomas Vale Construction, and Willmott Dixon.