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DIO announces bidders for Scottish construction framework

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced a shortlist of 8 bidders for its Scotland Capital Works Framework.

Contractor working on the MOD estate (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]
Contractor working on the MOD estate

This framework is 1 of 7 Capital Works Frameworks under DIO’s Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme.

It will be used for the design and build of Ministry of Defence (MOD) construction projects individually valued up to £12 million.

Projects valued up to £50 million will be procured through the National Capital Works Framework, which will operate alongside the regional frameworks.

The total estimated value of this framework is between £100 million and £250 million and can be used at any site across Scotland.

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • Balfour Beatty Group Ltd
  • Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd
  • Interserve Construction Ltd
  • Kier Graham Defence Ltd
  • Lend Lease Construction (EMEA) Ltd
  • Miller Construction (UK) Ltd
  • Morgan Sindall plc
  • Robertson Construction Group Ltd
A 617 Squadron Tornado GR4 flies over RAF Lossiemouth
A 617 Squadron Tornado GR4 flies over RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Kay-Marie Bingham, Crown copyright]

During the evaluation process, individual bidders’ responses to the pre-qualification questionnaire were rigorously assessed.

This allowed DIO to establish their capability and capacity, which included quality assurance, technical, environmental management, health and safety, financial standing and equal opportunity and diversity criteria.

Jon Wooden, the frameworks project manager, said:

DIO’s top priority is to support our Armed Forces by providing what they need to live, work, train and deploy. Competition was strong and bidders faced a rigorous evaluation process to go forward to the tender stage.

The shortlisted bidders will now have one final opportunity to compete for the right to be included on our Scotland Capital Works Framework, and the chance to deliver future design and build projects across the defence estate in Scotland.

We positively encourage smaller suppliers and subcontractors to approach shortlisted bidders about their products and services by accessing the bidders directory online.

Shortlisted bidders will be invited to submit tenders in order to finalise the list of 4 or 5 companies for inclusion on the Scotland Capital Works Framework.

The contract is due to be awarded by summer 2014. It will run for an initial 4-year period, with the potential to extend for up to 3 years.

Tenderers will be evaluated on a range of commercial and technical matters, ranging from supply chain management to issues relating to the Government Construction Strategy.

They will also be provided with an example of a construction project MOD may require to be delivered through the framework, and tenderers will also be evaluated on their approach to its delivery.

The shortlisted companies have been invited to attend a conference in Glasgow on 17 December 2013. This allows them to be briefed on the tendering process as well as on a range of MOD and other statutory requirements associated with capital works projects.

The NGEC framework procurement process offers an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises to identify potential supply chain and subcontracting opportunities through the bidders directory.

Published 13 December 2013