Fellow procurement consortium Westworks has recently undertaken the re-procurement of their hugely successful Development Contractor Framework. Westworks has procured this arrangement on behalf of the “Collaboration” consortia partners namely; EEM, Westworks, Advantage South West and South East Consortium.
This means that all EEM members have access to this procurement.
Because of the large area covered by the Collaboration and the need to attract more SME providers as well as the larger organisations, this procurement is running as a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).
This means that rather than the framework being tendered, awarded and then closed for four years, we are able to keep access for contractors open via a Request to Participate (RTP) system, which is in effect a PQQ to get onto an “approved list”. In practice this means that there is no pricing exercise to undergo during the initial tender and any subsequent RTP.
However, because the way in which mini-competitions are run through the current framework based on similar principles, the process is largely unchanged in so much that there is an ITT stage for any call-offs that are project specific and require pricing etc. at that stage rather than at the “OJEU” stage.
Westworks have a system of Expression of Interest (EoI) and where necessary a reduction in the number of bidders by a sifting brief which is a project-specific questionnaire. Westworks do this so that the number of participants is manageable and to be very mindful of the amount of work required by bid teams to complete an ITT. Participants also have the opportunity to decline mini-comps.
The DPS covers four main categories:
1. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with 1 to 10 units and projects with value up to £1.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each up to £1.5m
2. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with 11 to 40 units and projects with value up to £4.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each over £1.5m to £4.5m
3. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with over 40 units and projects with value over £4.5m
4. Major refurbishment/remodelling of property including commercial / corporate property
The geographical coverage of this arrangement is established by tenderers stating which post codes they can serve and then those who successfully secure a place on the DPS will be invited to participate in any opportunity that comes up in that area within the categories that they have been awarded.
The DPS means also that arrangements can run for more than the prescribed four years allowed under a framework and also longer-term partnerships between contractors and clients is possible.
For contractors wishing to join this DPS: Click here