23 December 2008 | Paul Snell
Four local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber have joined forces to launch a set of frameworks for construction projects.
The councils hope the framework will save the region time and money by applying best practice procurement, improved processes, and a standardised approach. When completed, the deals will be open for all 22 local authorities and other public sector organisations in the region to use.
The YORbuild Framework has been divided into four sub-regional frameworks - north, south, east and west. Each of these will be divided again into six lots worth different amounts, covering both new build and refurbishment work. It is hoped breaking up the contracts will allow SMEs to compete against national firms for the deals, as well as meeting different requirements.
The councils collaborating on the project will each be responsible for one regional deal. They are Scarborough Borough Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Leeds City Council.
Local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber spend around £1.2 billion on construction every year, around 30 per cent of total external spend. OJEU notices for the frameworks have been published this month and the procurement process is expected to last around 12 months.