Launch of professional services framework worth an estimated £500m

Robbie Blackhurst

A Liverpool procurement specialist has today launched a four-year programme valued at £500m.

Procure Partnerships, based at the Royal Albert Dock, is opening a tender for a wide range of disciplines to bid for a place upon the Procure Partnerships (Professional Services) Framework.

The framework will run for four years and will run alongside its already established contractor framework.

The £500m value is based on an analysis that the firm conducted of the total estimated professional services fees for public sector opportunities over the next four years, based upon a percentage share when contested with other frameworks in each region.

Discplines within the framework cover architectural design, landscape architectural design, project management, structural engineering, civil engineering, quantity surveying, MEP design, building surveying, principle designer, fire engineering and sustainability and environmental.

The framework covers 11 regions, including the North East, North West, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West, North Wales and South Wales.

Robbie Blackhurst, Procure Partnerships framework director, said: “This framework has been two years in the making with the Procure Partnerships team conducting a detailed analysis of other professional services frameworks available to public sector bodies.

“This has enabled us to build not only a comprehensive framework but also the most competitive framework on the market for public sector bodies to access.”

He added: “The framework is divided into sub-regional lots supporting the appointment of both local and national practices.

“The architectural and project management lots will have the option to build full multi-disciplinary teams, but, unlike other frameworks, they must build that team from within the framework and cannot select practices who are not on our professional services framework.”

He said: “We are excited to get this framework up and running providing a ‘one stop shop’ for public sector clients to procure consultants through us on a direct award or mini competition basis, complementing our already successful contractor framework.”

Tender documentation for this framework will be released on Tuesday, May 26.

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