Bid race starts for £600m northern ethical busines framework

A north west pro-social business procurement group has started the hunt for firms to fill spots on its next-generation construction framework.

The Rise Construction Framework will consist of 17 work/service categories offering different value bands to attract both major and SME bidders for both civils and building projects.

Valued at around £600m across all work/service bands it will be open to public clients across the North West, North Wales and Yorkshire and Humberside regions.

Main contractors looking to renew their spots include Morgan Sindall and Robertson, alongside The Casey Group, F Parkinson and John Turner Construction.

Framework GroupsValue bandMax firmsGroup 1 – House BuildingBand1:£0-£1m10Band 2: £1m – £5m10Band 3: £5m -£15m5Band 4: £15m +5Group 2 – General ConstructionBand 1: £0 – £50,00015Band 2: £50,000 – £1m15Band 3: £1m – £5m10Band 4: £5m -£15m5Band 5: £15m +5Group 3 – RefurbishmentBand 1: £0 – £50,00015Band 2: £50,000 – £1m15Band 3: £1m – £5m10Band 4: £5m -£15m5Band 5: £15m +5Group 4 – Modular BuildBand1:£0-£1m10Band 2: £1m – £5m10Band 3: £5m -£15m5Band 4: £15m +5Group 5 – Civil Engineering & HighwaysBand 1: £0 – £50,00015Band 2: £50,000 – £1m15Band 3: £1m – £5m10Band 4: £5m -£15m5Band 5: £15m +5Group 6 – Mechanical & Electrical ContractorBand 1: £0 – £50,00015Band 2: £50,000 – £3m10Group 7 – Facilities MaintenanceBand 1: £0 – £50,00010Band 2: £50,000 – £3m10Group 8 – Safety & Compliance Works (Fire, Cladding, Contamination Removal)Band 1: £0 – £50,00010Band 2: £50,000 – £1m5Band 3: £1m – £5m5Band 4: £5m -£15m5Band 5: £15m +5Group 9 – Architectural ServicesBand 1: £0 – £200,00015Band 2: £200,000 +10Group 10- Project Manger- JCT Group 10.1- Project Manager- NECBand 1: £0 – £200,00015Band 2: £200,000 +10Group 11- Cost Manager- JCT Group 11.1- Cost Manager- NECBand 1: £0 – £200,00015Band 2: £200,000 +10

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Rise Construction is acting as the procurement agent for Safe Regeneration.


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McGee wins landmark Covent Garden office job

McGee has secured the demolition, piling and RC frame for a major £150m landmark office building in the heart of Covent Garden.

The Acre project is being advanced by development manager Platform on behalf of client Northwood Investors International.

The existing 90 Long Acre building complex consists of a grid of blocks up to 11 storeys high built in the 1980s.

The Acre project will see the existing building on a corner of this scheme replaced with a taller building that also infills a gap between the older blocks that will be revamped.

BAM Construction, Lendlease and Sir Robert McAlpine are presently bidding for the main build and refurbishment contract understood to be worth over £60m, according to construction information service Barbour ABI.

Originally McGee was appointed early in the design process for pile testing, soft strip and enabling works.

As a result of this early engagement and active collaboration with the client team, as the design progressed, the benefits of McGee’s integrated offering were realised leading to the major foundations and concrete frame award

Seb Fossey, Group Managing Director, said that with self-delivery at the core of its value proposition, McGee would use its in-house capabilities, including its construction engineering team to truly manage project risks and delivering certainty.


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Major logistics hub at Lancashire former colliery approved

The regeneration of the redundant Parkside Colliery into a major new logistic hub site has been approved by the secretary of state Michael Gove.

Parkside Regeneration, the joint venture between developers Langtree and St Helens Council formed to redevelop the coal mine, can now advance the first phase of development.

The Newton-le-Willows scheme will see 93,000 sq m  of new employment space built on the site and a £38m Parkside link road to the M6.

This first phase is expected to sustain around 500 construction jobs.

Plan for Parkside logistics hub

Leader of St Helens Borough Council, Councillor David Baines said: “This is a momentous day and one that our council, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, and Conor McGinn MP have together worked very hard to achieve.

“This approval means that we can plan for the long-term future of the site with Parkside Link Road providing the vital infrastructure to help unlock further opportunities for development, bringing further jobs and business opportunities to the borough and securing a sustainable transport vision for the site that helps protect the local environment.”

John Downes, chairman of Parkside Regeneration, added: “It’s been a long road, but we got there.  I’m delighted that the Secretary of State saw as clearly as we did Parkside’s potential for transformational change and the contribution it will make to re-balancing the borough’s economy.

Redundant Parkside Colliery site

“Work starts today on what we need to do to get spades in the ground.  There’ll be lots going on behind the scenes that people won’t see, but we’ve already pushed the ‘go’ button.

“This is very personal to me.  I started my career at Parkside as a sixteen year-old and it brings that journey full circle.  At its peak the colliery employed more than two thousand people and to be able to replace that lost work is hugely satisfying.

“The economy is changing rapidly as we adjust to a post-pandemic world and the site will provide options for logistics and manufacturing employers that will bring well-paid technical work to the whole of St Helens borough.  The potential to capitalise on and support Liverpool Freeport’s growth is particularly noteworthy.”




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HE Simm names new MD for engineering arm in the south

Family-owned M&E contractor HE Simm Group has appointed Phoenix ME operations director Marcus Wallis to head up its Engineering division in the south.

Wallis started his career in the industry following the completion of an electrical apprenticeship with Drake & Skull.

He has held director level roles in a number of companies, including Laing O’Rourke, Skanska and Mace, before moving to London-based Phoenix ME in 2018.

In his new role at MD in the south, Wallis will be part of the group executive leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Gareth Simm.

His predecessor, John Lennie, moves into a new role as group executive director.

Simm said: “Marcus has an exceptional capability. He has years of operational experience and leadership and is well known and, well liked, across the industry.

“We look forward to him demonstrating his skills and experience and to watching our southern business flourish under his watch.

“Part of that will be to grow our London business to become a leader in the southern regions of the country, not just in the capital.”