Benefits

The main benefits to Authorities procuring work through the YORconsult Framework are:

  • Potential for Capital expenditure and process efficiencies of up to 10% against the annual framework throughput. The basis for the 10% saving is evidenced by the findings and key recommendations of the National Audit Office’s Report “Improving Public Services through better construction” and the Local Government Task Force’s Report “Transforming Local Government Construction – The Power of Framework Agreements”. Also, regional case studies would reflect these levels of efficiencies.
  • Quicker procurement of projects. Under the YORconsult Framework the procurement process could take as little as 1 week depending on the size/complexity of the project including EU Procurement.
  • Projects linked to the 4 key themes of YORbuild:
    1. Employment and Skills
    2. Sustainability
    3. Economic Regeneration
    4. Supply chain engagement
  • Low cost entry for Authorities to a collaborative and integrated working framework environment.
  • Provision of construction procurement resource that is scarce. Access to experienced framework managers and support in the form of training and robust procedure documents.
  • A framework fashioned around the regional geography of Yorkshire and the Humber with a complimentary source plan of locally based contractors.
  • Consultants on the Frameworks have been procured in compliance with EU Procurement Regulations and have passed minimum standards for: Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, Insurance checks and Financial checks.
  • Improved certainty of quality, cost and time.
  • Lower risk procurements to Authorities with “one off” procurements. For larger one off projects there will be a much lower risk of ‘streetwise’ firms taking advantage of an infrequent client.
  • Excellent partnering and supply chain management arrangements.
    1. The framework is structured around the NEC3 suite of contracts, a contract endorsed by ICE.
    2. Long term relationships – frameworks have been set up for a duration of four years commencing April 2012 with a possible 2 year extension for both.
    3. Option of Pain/Gain arrangements.
    4. Potential for early involvement of key members of the Project Team.