The Yorkshire & Humber public sector construction hub, YORhub, has just published adverts for two new YORbuild3 Medium Works frameworks. The frameworks – one covering the YORhub east region led by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and the second covering the west region led by Leeds City Council – will complement the existing YORbuild Major Works framework launched last year.
The YORbuild3 frameworks each comprise two lots: lot 1 for new build and refurbishment works valued between £4 million and £10 million, and lot 2 for new housing over 25 units. Twelve contractors are to be appointed to each lot.
Tenders are to be returned in mid-September 2021 and framework award is expected by early 2022.
The frameworks will be aligned with the Construction Playbook published by the UK Government in December 2020 to deliver best practice outcomes. They will also align with the Value Toolkit by Construction Innovation Hub programmed for an official launch later in 2021. YORhub is a member of the Construction Playbook steering group and is currently working with Construction Innovation Hub piloting the Value Toolkit.
In line with these initiatives and to build upon YORhub’s social value offer the frameworks will place greater emphasis on MMC/off-site solutions, carbon reduction/net zero target and an enhanced sustainability offer.
Other key features include direct selection and single or two stage mini competition call off options, and the use of NEC4 as the preferred form of contract, although use of JCT will still be permitted.
The introduction of the new frameworks follows the success of the current YORbuild2 frameworks in delivering public sector projects across the Yorkshire and Humber region and neighbouring areas. Since YORbuild was first launched in 2009, YORhub has delivered over 1500 building projects worth £2.5 billion for more than 90 public sector clients.
Steve Baker, YORhub lead officer and Chair of the Local Government Association Construction Steering Group, commented “We strive to make every new YORhub framework better by building on what has worked well, focusing on the delivery of excellent social value outcomes, embracing current best practices, retaining flexibility and planning for the future. For these reasons we are confident that our new YORbuild3 frameworks will be well received by both current and potential users, and contractors interested in winning a place on the frameworks.”
Later this year YORhub will also begin procurement of the YORbuild3 Minor Works frameworks for works up to £4m.