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Pagabo CEO reveals values needed for work on £10.5bn frameworks

Procurement specialist Pagabo has announced two new frameworks that will go out for tender this month, worth a combined £10.5bn.

The public sector framework body is predicting it will “more than treble” the number of projects being developed through the second terms of its National Framework for Professional Services in Construction and Premises and National Framework for Major Works, which begin in 2020.

Pagabo chief executive Simon Toplass said suppliers will be appointed to the frameworks on the basis that they show “strong finances, lots of relevant experience” and share “three key values” around social value, supporting SMEs and use of technology.

Mr Toplass said: “Technology, and how suppliers are using it in the construction sector, will be the biggest differentiator when we select our partners for the next term of both frameworks.

“We know that digital technology is hugely attractive to young people with millions moving into the sector every year. We want to show that digital technology can be applied to construction and highlighting this could really help bridge the skills gap.

“Technology is also important to help make our sites safer and encourage collaboration among multiple partners working together on schemes.”

He said that the current frameworks have delivered “high double-digit” growth year on year since their inception in 2016.

The Major Works framework opens for tender today and is suitable for projects from £5m to £50m or more across the UK.

Its predecessor, which will run until April, has 12 contractors currently appointed across three lots including Morgan Sindall, Vinci, Laing O’Rourke and Galliford Try.

The Professional Services framework is for projects worth up to £500m and is divided across 15 lots including civil, structural and highways engineering, building services, landscaping and building surveying.

Pick Everard and Atkins are among the current firms appointed on the framework, which has delivered projects for Southampton City Council, Anchor 2020 Ltd, Department of Health, Manchester City Council, Northumberland County Council, Humber Foundation NHS Trust and Leeds Beckett University.

This framework will be open for tender from 13 September and is set to feature more than 50 providers.

Both frameworks are set to begin in April 2020, with the Professional Services framework running for four years and the Major Works framework running for six years.

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