Low Value launch leads NWCH into the future

Tuesday 11 February 2020 was truly a special occasion as representatives of North West Construction Hub (NWCH) officially welcomed our successful contractor partners onto the third iteration of our Low Value Construction Framework, with a launch event held at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester. This event concluded the final part of the re tendering of the High, Medium and now Low Value Construction Frameworks, over the last eighteen month period.

The attendees included both old and new representatives, and all nine of the new Low Value Framework contractors were in attendance.  Our Contracting partners are:

Conlon Construction Limited

Engie Regeneration Limited

Eric Wright Construction

John Turner Construction Group Limited

Kier Construction Limited

Manchester & Cheshire Construction Co.Limited

Warden Construction Limited

Our Constructor partners were selected through a rigorous and competitive Invitation To Tender (ITT) backed by Manchester City Council governance, both from a tendering and legal compliance stance, demonstrating their ability to deliver high quality, value for money public sector projects that will have real impact on the quality of life of local communities, who will benefit longer term from the legacy left by construction projects across the North West.

Following on from introductions, Assistant Framework Manager Lewis Sharman introduced an ice breaking ‘two stage procurement game’ which all of our Partners engaged in. Lewis has designed the game to illustrate the benefits of two stage procurement, compared to more traditional single stage tendering. An early opportunity for all constructor partners to work collaboratively together.

NWCH Framework Lead, Ian Hall explained the Governance structure as well as the roles and responsibilities of the, NWCH Board, Senior Management Team, and Framework Delivery team.

 Topics covered included:

  • The project Call Off process (Expression of Interest and Mini-Competition overview)
  • Project monitoring which included a presentation from Marie Binnert of Social Value Portal who gave an overview into the company and how Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)  would be monitored going forward for Hub projects using their system.
  • NWCH Business Development Manager, Mike Tyler gave insight into the history, need and ownership of Hub business development which included a short discussion on the upcoming pipeline of work.
  • Assistant Framework Manager, Michael Horton gave an update on the current and future marketing strategy of the Hub and a brief overview on social media activities.
  •  Senior Framework Manager, Richard Walker led a discussion on Managing Directors meetings, the Framework Managers group, Washing Machine meetings, Special Interest Groups and a look to the past, present and to the future of NWCH.
  • Framework Manager, Katie Rothwell Emery, and Assistant Framework Manager Debi Curley, concluded the meeting with group discussions concentrating on the future outlook of the Hub and covered key Client drivers including social value, commercial, digital innovation and sustainability. 

A great sense of positivity for the future of the NWCH was generated, with the new constructor partners excited by the prospect of working with the  more experienced NWCH partners in what is a great example of continued collaboration that the Hub are renowned for.

The event was universally well received with great feedback from all those who attended. It was mentioned that it was fantastic that each member of the Hub team spoke on their respective specialist areas which allowed contractors to put names to faces and get to know them and their roles a little better. The questions raised were answered in depth and it was made crystal clear that help is available at all times to anyone associated with the Hub.

Framework Lead, Ian Hall for NWCH commented:

“It is great pleasure to welcome both new and existing constructor partners to the third iteration of our Low Value Construction Framework. I am sure that all our partners will embrace the collaborative culture which combined with the effective use of our core values will deliver highly successful quality projects and exceptional value for money. It is testament to the strength of our Framework that three  projects are currently being procured following the Framework going live at the end of January 2020”.

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