Construction firm secures multiple framework wins

Richard Wakeford

Construction firm Stepnell has recently secured its spot on two new construction frameworks – the Public Sector Construction Works Framework, managed by NHS Shared Business Services, and Procure Partnerships Framework.

The frameworks both offer Stepnell, which has offices in Nottingham, Bromsgrove and Rugby, the opportunity to win work across the UK.

Stepnell has been appointed to the Public Sector Construction Works East Midlands, West Midlands, South West and South East Framework regions, for public sector and healthcare projects in two lots – up to £2.5m and £2.5m to £5m. It is now also on Procure Partnerships East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East and South West Frameworks for both its £1m to £4m and £4m to £12m lots.

Richard Wakeford, director at Stepnell, said: “This really is an exciting time for Stepnell. It’s been a difficult year for the industry as a whole, so to end 2020 in such a strong position is not something we take for granted.

“By joining these frameworks and expanding our portfolio of public sector work, we’re not only positioning ourselves as a leading contractor in the construction sector, but we’re also helping the UK to get back on its feet by pushing forward with important regeneration and development projects – many of which will be expanding on facilities for the NHS, which has been at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19.”

The Public Sector Construction Works Framework will tender work for the NHS with the aim of enhancing the quality of its services across the country. The framework can be accessed by all public sector organisations, including local authorities, educational institutions and housing associations. Direct awards are also available under the Public Sector Construction Works Framework, with the option of mini-tender. Stepnell entered its official period of agreement on the 17 December 2020, gaining the opportunity to win work that will range from new build schemes to the renovation of existing public sector facilities.

Wakefield added: “We’re incredibly happy to join both of these frameworks and expand our remit even further into these regions. The team is looking forward to getting stuck into a new selection of projects and expanding our client base with both frameworks. We have already been lucky enough to have been awarded work through the Procure Partnerships Framework, and we look forward to this continuing on both frameworks over the next two years.”

Stepnell has recently won two public sector renovation projects on the Procure Partners Framework, which will both start on site this year.

The £2.5m renovation of Northampton General Hospital is one of these schemes and includes the refurbishment and replacement of critical mechanical systems within the hospital. Stepnell has also succeeded in winning a project at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading – a £1.5 million refurbishment of its pathology service facilities and general office space in the Harborne building.

Faye Dolan, national framework manager at Procure Partnerships Framework, said: “We are proud to have Stepnell on board as one of our contracting partners as they have extensive experience within the public sector. We look forward to developing our relationship even further with Stepnell over the years to come.”

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