University of Birmingham announces £500m framework winners

The University of Birmingham's proposed new Molecular Sciences Building, which is set to begin construction in March 2020.

The University of Birmingham has announced the successful bidders who have been included on its new ten-year £500m construction, engineering and design frameworks. 

The university says the frameworks will support its ambitious infrastructure and capital development plans, allowing it to build longer term relationships with key contractors and consultants who provide construction, design and surveying services.

The university has already made major investments in its campus facilities in the last ten years, including the construction of a new library, major green space, collaborative teaching laboratory and a sport and fitness centre. Further developments are in the pipeline, to ensure that students in future generations “have buildings that are exciting and innovative as well as being fit for purpose.” 

The successful partners for each framework are:

Main contractors for projects over £10m: Morgan Sindall, Galliford Try, Willmott Dixon, Bam Construction Ltd, John Graham Construction Ltd.

Main contractors for projects £2.5m-£10m: Morgan Sindall, GTH Construction Ltd, Galliford Try, G F Tomlinson Ltd, Willmott Dixon, Midas Group Ltd.

Main contractors for projects up to £2.5m: GTH Construction, Graham Asset Management, Sutton Coldfield Construction Ltd, Murray and Willis Ltd, J Tomlinson Ltd, Chief Construction Ltd, Seddon Construction Ltd, Novus Property Solutions Ltd.

Surveying: AA Projects Ltd, Currie and Brown Ltd, RLF LLP, Faithful and Gould, RLB Ltd, Pick Everard.

Architectural: Glancy Nicholls Architects Ltd, Associated Architects, BDP, Sheppard Robson Architects Ltd, ADP.

Engineering Services Design: Hoare Lee, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd, Couch Perry & Wilkes LLP, WSP UK Ltd, Pick Everard, Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP.

Trevor Payne, director of estates, said: “We have an ambitious plan for the future of our campus and our objective is to create the best possible environment in which our students can achieve and our academic colleagues can undertake world-leading research. The creation of our own construction framework is a natural next step, as we look to secure the support of the very best in the industry. The frameworks will be for ten years and will be open for use by all HE institutions, reflecting the vision we have for the university and the sector as a whole.”

Jonathan Jones, head of procurement, said: “The University of Birmingham has always prided itself on its scale of ambition to deliver first rate services and resources for its students and staff. With a planned additional infrastructure investment of £500m over the next few years, we also wanted to develop further procurement opportunities by creating our own university construction framework. This framework not only allows the university to optimise its value for money, but is also available for other universities to use and benefit from the collective spending power and contractor relationship development.

“By working closely with our key contractors we can collectively develop additional opportunities with initiatives such as social value, environmental enhancements and sponsorship opportunities.”

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