The National Federation of Builders in partnership with Haringey Council has launched a major works construction framework as part of the London Construction Programme (LCP).
The LCP places London’s public construction projects among the highest and most economically important areas of spend for local authorities.
The framework will aim to avoid duplication and inefficiency in spending, streamline the tendering process for contractors and promote smaller companies.
Paul Bogle, the NFB’s head of policy and research, was the keynote speaker at the launch event held at Kensington Town Hall on Monday, 1 February. He said:
“Diversity in supply chains is key if we are to ensure the construction industry can contribute to local economic growth and skills development. We are pleased that this programme is structured in such a way that SMEs can access work and demonstrate value without any sacrifice in quality.”
Consultation for the framework began in July 2013 and is split by three value tiers, five districts of London, and housing versus public service projects. Values range from £100,000 to over £5 million.
Several NFB members have been appointed to the framework including Keepmoat, Barnes Construction, Beardwell Construction and a consortium of members Diamond Build PLC and Kind and Company (Builders) Limited.