We solve construction procurement problems through our suite of Construction Frameworks

About us

The Frameworks are successful because lowest price tendering is replaced with long-term relationships between clients, professionals and contractors, formed around shared objectives and common values.

Collaborative working at its best! The result is less waste, less duplication, local engagement and greater efficiency & all generating better value for money.


THe NWCH vision:

“Transforming project delivery and reshaping best practice in construction procurement”


The NWCH was established in 2009 in response to Central Government’s drive to improve efficiencies within the public sector.

It is led by a Board comprising of representatives from public sector organisations across the North West. The legal entity behind NWCH is Manchester City Council.

The NWCH was established in 2009 in response to Central Government’s drive to improve efficiencies within the public sector.

It is led by a Board comprising of representatives from public sector organisations across the North West. The legal entity behind NWCH is Manchester City Council.



The client pays no direct fee to use the re-procured frameworks. The Framework Management Fee is now recovered from the Constructor Partner through their competitively tendered overheads percentage upon appointment to a project.


The type of contract can be selected by the client so long as it is partnering and collaborative; procurement can take place from RIBA Stage 0 through to Stage 4, according to the needs of the project.


The first framework became active in 2010, followed shortly after by two more. All three frameworks have now been re-procured. The percentage of repeat clients is very high.


A rigorous pre-qualification process already undertaken saves the client time and effort. Furthermore, this enables the appointment of a contractor in a minimum of six weeks if the programme is demanding.


The frameworks were procured through an OJEU compliant process.


A rigorous selection process to appoint Constructor Partners to the frameworks was undertaken which included both price and quality. Open book accounting principles enable client commercial managers to ensure that competitive best value rates are obtained in all instances.


The frameworks have been developed and revised (through comprehensive consultation) by public sector organisations who understand the needs of their peers.


Project benefits can be tailored to each project, over and above the core KPIs which cover elements of social value and sustainability.


The government will require all public funded projects to have BIM Level 2 (with collaborative working) from 2016. The construction industry is on a journey in adopting and developing BIM. All contractors had to evidence where on the journey they are up to, with an expectation for confirming development to meet future client demand.


The NWCH team support the client (or their advisers) giving guidance on the preparation of the Expression of Interest and the Mini Competition.


NWCH is a partner and active supporter of the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) which is working together with the Local Government Association (LGA) to shape and promote best practice in using 2-stage collaborative frameworks, and to help shape the future of the national procurement strategy.


Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are established to deliver the Construction Strategy agenda covering topics such as Supply Chain, BIM and Training & Employment.


Contractor performance is monitored by the NWCH throughout the framework against a set of agreed KPI's. Contractor Partners will be subject to the suspension and termination clause outlined within the Framework Agreement.


All Contractor Partners have demonstrated a commitment to delivering social, economic and environmental sustainability and are ready to work with Clients to achieve deliver added value tailored to your local community needs.


The client does not pay the NWCH to use the Frameworks. The Framework Management fee is recovered from the Constructor Partner upon appointment to a project. This was part of their competitively tendered overheads percentage.

A mini-competition is held with Constructor Partners who have confirmed they have capacity and capability to deliver the scheme. This is issued by the Client, with support from the NWCH team.

The Frameworks offer a quick and efficient route to Contractors. With Construct Only projects, the client continues to employ the design team, and with Design and Build, the contractor will employ a design team. The design team can form part of the mini-competition.

Any collaborative and partnering Contract can be used.

The Constructor Partners were selected after a rigorous process which included both price and quality. Overhead and profit rates were competitive at the time and in a rising market will become more so. Open book accounting principles ensure that competitive best value rates are obtained on subcontractor packages.

Click here to go to the information on each of the three Frameworks

Contact the NWCH team and sign the Agreement. You are immediately able to start using the Frameworks.

Prospective Framework users are as follows: Local Authorities - Cheshire - Cheshire East Council - Cheshire West and Chester Council - Halton Borough Council - Warrington Borough Council; Cumbria - Allerdale Borough Council - Copeland Borough Council - Barrow in Furness Borough Council - Carlisle City Council - Cumbria County Council - Eden District Council - South Lakeland District Council; Greater Manchester - Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council - Bury Metropolitan Borough Council - Manchester City Council – Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council - Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council - Salford City Council – Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council - Trafford Metropolitan Borough - Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council; Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – Blackpool Borough Council - Burnley Borough Council - Chorley Borough Council - Fylde Borough Council – Hyndburn Borough Council - Lancashire County Council - Lancaster City Council - Pendle Borough Council – Preston City Council - Ribble Valley Borough Council - Rossendale Borough Council - South Ribble Borough Council - West Lancashire Borough Council - Wyre Borough Council; Merseyside - Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council - Liverpool City Council - Sefton Council - St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council - Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council; Police Authorities - Cumbria Police Authority - Lancashire Police Authority - Merseyside Police Authority - Greater Manchester Police Authority - Cheshire Police Authority Fire and Rescue - Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service - Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service - Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service - Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service - Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service NHS organisations in the North West area Primary care trusts - Aston, Leigh and Wigan PCT - Blackburn with Darwen Teaching PCT – Blackpool PCT - Bolton PCT - Bury PCT - Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT - Central Lancashire PCT - Cumbria PCT - East Lancashire PCT - Halton and St Helens PCT - Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT - Knowsley PCT - Liverpool PCT - Manchester PCT - North Lancashire Teaching PCT - Oldham PCT - Salford PCT – Sefton PCT - Stockport PCT - Tameside and Glossop PCT - Trafford PCT - Warrington PCT - Western Cheshire PCT - Wirral PCT Acute trusts - Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust - Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust - Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals Trust - Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology - Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - East Cheshire NHS Trust - East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust - Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust – North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust - North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust - Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust - Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust - Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust - St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust - Stockport NHS Foundation Trust - Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Cardiothoracic Centre - Liverpool NHS Trust - The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust - Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust - University Hospital Of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust - University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust - Walton Centre For Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust - Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust Mental health and care trusts – 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust - Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust – Calderstones NHS Trust - Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust - Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust - Lancashire Care NHS Trust - Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust - Mersey Care Trust - Pennine Care NHS Trust Ambulance trust - North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Lake District National Park; Higher Education Institutions - University of Bolton - University of Central Lancashire - University of Chester - University of Cumbria - Edge Hill University - Lancaster University - Liverpool Hope University - Liverpool John Moores University - University of Liverpool - Manchester Business School - Manchester Metropolitan University – The University of Manchester - Open University - Royal Northern College of Music - University of Salford; Further Education Colleges Cheshire - Macclesfield College - Mid-Cheshire College - Priestley College – Reaseheath College - Riverside College Halton - Sir John Deane's College - South Cheshire College - Stockport College of Further and Higher Education - Warrington Collegiate Institute - West Cheshire College - Widnes and Runcorn Sixth Form College Cumbria - Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College - Carlisle College - Furness College - Kendal College - Lakes College West Cumbria Greater Manchester - Aquinas College - Ashton College - Bolton Community College - Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College - Eccles College - Holy Cross College - Hopwood Hall College - Loreto College - Manchester College of Arts and Technology - City College Manchester - North Area College - North Trafford College of Further Education - Oldham College - Oldham Sixth Form College - Pendleton College - Salford College - South Trafford College - St John Rigby College – Tameside College - The Cooperative College - Wigan and Leigh College - Xaverian College Lancashire - Accrington and Rossendale College - Adult College Lancaster, The - Blackburn College - The Blackpool Sixth Form College - Blackpool and The Fylde College - Burnley College - Bury College - Cardinal Newman College – Huddersfield New College - Lancaster and Morecambe College - Myerscough College - Nelson and Colne College – Preston College - Runshaw College - Skelmersdale and Ormskirk Colleges - St Mary's College, Blackburn – Winstanley College Merseyside - Birkenhead Sixth Form College - Carmel College - Hugh Baird College - King George V College - Knowsley Community College - Liverpool Community College - Southport College - St Helens College - Wirral Metropolitan College; Transport - Transport for Greater Manchester - Mersey Travel - Manchester Airport - Lancashire constabulary - Cheshire constabulary – Education and Skills Funding Agency - Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Home office.

This list is available to download as a document titled 'Framework Users' in the Publications section on the following link.


We invite clients to regular meetings to discuss a range of topics and encourage feedback.

Our constructor partners lead on a number of Special Interest Groups all of which are focussed on improving performance and services.

Our client base has developed over the lifetime of the frameworks and now includes Local Authorities, Local Government, Blue Light Authorities, Universities and Colleges, NHS Foundation Trusts, Housing Trusts, Transport Boards, Free Schools and Academies.

We understand the importance of peer recommendation, and happily refer new clients to existing clients if requested.