GMI's Keith Rayner said the appointment is a 'significant milestone'. Credit: via Recognition PR

Yorkshire heavyweights among £8bn framework winners

Procure Partnerships Framework has appointed 87 contractors to its second-generation national framework, with GMI, Caddick and Henry Boot among the successful bidders.

PPF has been operating a national contractor framework across England for the past four years, supporting delivery of more than 150 projects year on year.

Thirty five contractors were reappointed on the next iteration of the framework, which is set to be the biggest framework ever awarded across the UK, structured across nine sub-regional lots covering five value bands starting at £50,000 and going up to £50m-plus.

With this refresh, the framework’s coverage has been expanded, so that construction has been added to with three other disciplines: decarbonisation and retrofit, demolition and site preparation, and infrastructure.

GMI has made the cut on projects of £30m-plus in both Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

The Leeds-headquartered firm’s recent work includes the stadium part of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, and Scarborough Group’s Endeavour office building in the same city.

Keith Rayner, GMI’s framework director, said: “We are thrilled to have joined the Procure Partnerships Framework, a significant milestone that reflects our dedication to excellence.

“It provides GMI with a platform to showcase its capabilities, engage in meaningful partnerships, and contribute to levelling up through the delivery of exceptional public sector construction projects that will leave a lasting positive impact across each region.

“The framework streamlines the procurement process and offers clients confidence in the quality of the work, backed by a series of benchmarks concerning delivery and costs, allowing them to manage and mitigate the risks involved with large-scale projects.”

In April, GMI secured a place on Pagabo’s national £1bn medium works framework, covering public sector projects valued up to £10m, and in June it joined NEPO, the framework of the North East Purchasing Organisation.

Procure Partnerships Framework said that in all, 65% of contractors within the lots up to £15m are SMEs.

The framework will come into operation from 1 November, and run for four years.

Among other successful bidders on Yorkshire (and North East) lots is the civil engineering division of Eric Wright, which has been awarded places on Lot 1 (£1m to £5m) and Lot 2 (£5m to £15m).

Robbie Blackhurst, framework director, said that the framework’s national presence means that it can always move quickly to meet the needs of clients.

He explained: “We have expanded our portfolio to cater to the growing needs of the industry whilst ensuring clients have access to the right contractors for their projects, whether that be regional small to medium-sized enterprises, or larger national delivery contractors.

“The new iteration of the framework is set to transform public procurement and we look forward to seeing what our contractor partners achieve over the next four years.”

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