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Contractors call for framework cull

Civils contractors are calling on the Government to establish a ‘clearing house’ for frameworks to curb the proliferation of new agreements. Firms say a mushrooming of frameworks on a national, regional and local level, is needlessly increasing costs for contractors and ultimately the UK taxpayer. Even the Government is responsible for duplication with the planned…

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Coveted single prequal system in industry’s sights

Two of the country’s largest contractor trade bodies have launched the first phase of a plan to create a nationally recognised single prequalification system for construction. Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association believe they can save the industry up to £1bn by eradicating duplication and inefficiencies if fresh moves gain acceptance. The multitude…

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Civils frameworks failing to deliver for contractors

Civils frameworks are failing to deliver expected workloads and still favouring lowest bids over quality. That is the damning verdict of a year-long study by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association. Members told CECA that on their frameworks: 71 % frequently reported less than anticipated workloads. 64% indicated a regular lack of workload visibility. 56% reported…

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Councils turning against outsourcing, survey reveals

Local authorities are losing their appetite for outsourcing and rethinking their relationship with the private sector, a new survey has revealed. The survey of local government leaders, chief executives and mayors, published by the New Local Government Network (NLGN), found that 39% say they will outsource less over the next two years. It also showed…

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Selective bids and construction management pay off for Lendlease

A continuing focus on selective bidding and a construction management model has helped increase UK margins at Lendlease to 3.3%. Latest results for the year to June 30 2018 show construction margins up from 2.8% last time. The European division – which is dominated by the UK – saw pre-tax profits rise to £19m from…

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More than half of construction workers in London from EU

More than half of the workforce on London’s construction sites is from the EU. The capital’s biggest house builder Berkeley flagged up the figure in its results today. Figures reported on the ground by the house builder are higher than government statistics. Yesterday the ONS published its findings that suggested that foreign workers represent just…

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Councils double number of fire safety tenders in wake of Grenfell

The number of councils tendering for fire safety work has shot up in the year since the Grenfell disaster, according to the latest figures. Local government buyers published twice as many fire safety tenders in the last 12 months compared to the previous year, according to public sector marketplace specialists Tussell. The company says there…

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Capita sells Constructionline to private equity giant

Capita has struck a deal to sell Constructionline to private equity investor Warburg Pincus for £160m. Capita put the division up for sale in January as part of a transformation programme in the wake of Carillion’s collapse. Constructionline is part of the Supplier Assessment Services business which also includes Acclaim and Safety Climate Tool. The…

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Majors told to advertise public work subcontracts

Contractors securing major Government projects will be forced to advertise all subcontract work not already signed-off at the time of winning a bid. The plan to make contractors advertise opportunities on the Government’s Contract Finder Service forms part of a fresh drive to level the playing field for smaller businesses. Main contractors will also be…

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Procurement strategy to change in wake of Carillion collapse

The council’s Procurement Strategy for 2018-23 promises hundreds of millions of pounds worth of work for local firms. City Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Graham Chapman, said: “We want to support small and medium size firms which are the lifeblood of the local economy. “We have more scope to do this than councils which have been…

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