Scores of councils in the south of England are set to benefit from three new contractual frameworks for civil engineering, highways and transportation infrastructure works, worth over £500m.
The ‘Generation 3 Frameworks’, released by Hampshire County Council, can be used by local authorities from as far south as Devon and the Isle of Wight, up to Kent and north through to Oxfordshire, in order to make savings on their procurement costs.
The frameworks have been developed by Hampshire in collaboration with other authorities in the region and have been broken up into three different groups based on the size and nature of the work.
Generation 3-1 covers small to medium sized highway works of a straightforward nature, up to the value of £450,000. The framework runs over four years and is worth up to £30m.
Generation 3-2 covers specialist civil engineering structural works, complex highway infrastructure works, public authority civil engineering works and associated medium value construction work with values of £50,000 to £10 million. It also covers four years and is worth up to £250m.
Generation 3-3 covers significant highway infrastructure development, civil engineering works and associated major value construction work, between the values of approximately £8m to £25m. Like Generation 3-2 this framework has a pipeline of works worth up to £250m and covers four years.
In a statement, Hampshire CC said: ‘Contractors are assessed on a range of indicators; from performance and value for money, through to their sustainable policies and commitment to apprenticeships.
‘The approach ensures that road schemes across the region will be built to high standards, in sensible timeframes, and that the investment involved will bring maximum benefit to local people.’
The frameworks use the NEC(3) Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) for all works, except for Generation 3-1, which uses the NEC(3) Engineering and Construction Short Contract (ECSC).