Success for Yorkshire and Humber firms as YORcivil2 contractors framework agreement awarded
By East Riding of Yorkshire Council | Posted: 17 Aug 2017
Twenty nine civil engineering/highways firms have been successful in winning a place on the Yorkshire and Humber regional YORcivil2 Contractors Framework from the 59 firms that applied and the 180 that expressed an interest.
Yorkshire and Humber firms have proven they deliver both price and quality as these were tested for appointment and 25 of the 29 firms appointed to YORcivil2 have a base in the region and approximately a third are local small-and-medium-sized-enterprises (SMEs).
YORcivil2 is a replacement for the hugely successful YORcivil framework, which has delivered more than 180 projects worth £222 million over the past six years, with approximately £100m of spend, to date, being with SMEs. It consists of two sub-regional frameworks covering the north and east and south and west regions of Yorkshire and the Humber, led by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Sheffield City Council, respectively.
YORcivil2 is a collaborative regional construction framework for the procurement of civil engineering/highways contractors to carry out projects for the Yorkshire and Humber region’s 22 local authorities, other regionally-based public sector bodies and third sector organisations.
The new framework is one of a suite of three “YORhub” frameworks that also comprise YORbuild2 for construction works and YORconsult for construction related consultancy services.
YORcivil2 encompasses five ‘added value’ themes that are included in all the YOR frameworks to ensure that projects completed through the framework deliver social, economic and environmental benefits. In particular, the employment and skills theme has delivered tangible opportunities for local people, such as providing jobs to the unemployed and apprenticeships, and the ‘4 Good Fund’ economic regeneration theme provides grants - see www.yorhub.com/what-we-do/economic-regeneration - to community groups to support local regeneration projects across Yorkshire and the Humber, with 80 local groups benefitting from this initiative to date.
The other themes are ‘supply chain management’, ‘sustainability’ and ‘building information modelling’ (BIM).
YORhub supports local sub-contractors through its supply chain engagement programme, as evidenced by over £100m of YORcivil works, to date, being delivered by local SMEs.
YORcivil2 will continue to grow the benefits delivered through YORcivil, which includes cost savings of 9.5% for clients and improvements in both project quality and programme delivery, when compared to traditional ‘one-off’ procurements.
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It is fantastic that this new framework, at its heart, looks to provide real and tangible benefits for local industry,
“SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region will benefit financially from YORcivil2 and hundreds of local jobs will be supported.
“The framework will also encourage apprentices and students to develop the skills necessary for a career in construction.
“YORcivil2 is a prime example of the public sector and the private sector working together to benefit everyone and boost the local economy.”