UP to a billion pounds worth of construction contracts will be commissioned as part of a new South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework, awarded by Carmarthenshire County Council on behalf of the Mid and West Wales region.
A range of local and national contractors have gained a place on the framework to construct, refurbish and repair buildings for the public sector over the next four years.
Carmarthenshire County Council, in association with Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Swansea councils, will operate the framework until 2024.
The framework will assist the whole region and the wider public sector, including central government departments and their agencies, non-departmental public bodies, devolved administrations, NHS bodies, local authorities – including Powys County Council – the police, fire service, voluntary sector, charities and private sector organisations procuring on behalf of these bodies.
As well as providing rapid access to market leading contractors, the framework promises to reduce procurement time by an average of 100-200 days.
It will also provide significant procurement savings, particularly on high value contracts, with public sector bodies benefitting from less waste, less duplication, local engagement and greater efficiencies.
Emphasis has been given to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the Welsh supply chain, in a bid to support the local economy and boost employment.
Social value practices have also been a key focus of the assessment process, for example all projects over £1million must leave a community legacy, delivering against the goals of the Well Being of Future Generations Act.
Cllr David Jenkins, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Resources, said: “This is a ready-made and fully compliant delivery vehicle for major capital building works, including reactive and planned repair and maintenance works for public sector organisations throughout the south west Wales and mid Wales region.
“It offers an efficient, collaborative way to procure construction projects, pooling the expertise of market tested contractors.
“Public sector frameworks can create social value not only through the physical environments they help to create and maintain, but also the economic activity they generate, both locally and nationally.
“Whilst price and quality have long dominated procurement processes, we were keen to recognise the importance of social value practices and have embedded the delivery of community benefits throughout the framework.”
For further advice or to procure work through the framework, contact Carmarthenshire County Council’s framework team – email TSSWWRCF@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 228220.