Denbighshire's Cabinet renews commitment to construction framework

Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet has renewed its commitment to a framework which has streamlined the procurement of contracts worth more than £200 million.

The Cabinet agreed to renew its lead role and start the re-procurement of the North Wales Construction Framework on behalf of the six North Wales councils.

The first phase of the framework, which runs out next summer, has already provided a cost-effective mechanism to secure contractors to build new schools and other public buildings across North Wales, and has also delivered a number of wider spin-off benefits for local businesses and communities.

There are currently six contractors on the framework and to date there are 20 projects being progressed across the region with a value in excess of £200 million, with 80 per cent of supply chain spending coming from within a 30 mile radius of projects.

Rebecca Maxwell, Denbighshire’s corporate director for the economy and public realm, said: “Renewing the framework will ensure an effective mechanism for delivering major public construction and refurbishment projects, including the next phase of the 21st Century Schools programme.

“The approach is to build on the strengths and success of the current framework, whilst making some changes to improve performance, including  engaging with contractors to maximise community benefits and to support and develop local supply chains and working with economic development teams to develop local companies where gaps in the supply chain exist.”

In Denbighshire projects currently being delivered under the framework include the new primary school in Ruthin (£8.5m); the renovation of the Pavilion Theatre & Sky Tower on Rhyl Waterfront (£7.4m) and the Ysgol Glan Clwyd extension and refurbishment (£13.9m).

Community benefits secured across North Wales under the framework since its launch in 2014 include more than 7,800 hours of work experience, 29 permanent new jobs created for unemployed people,  8,800 school pupils involved in engagement events and in partnership with Prince’s Trust, 30 work placements for NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) individuals.

Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed to renew the framework at a meeting today (June 6) at County Hall, Ruthin.

Denbighshire is helping smaller businesses based in the county gain a better understanding of the procurement process and make it easier for them to be considered for contracts as part of its Economic and Community Ambition Strategy.

Posted on Wednesday 7th June 2017