Construction firm lands spot on £10bn framework

Offsite construction specialist Metek has been appointed to a £10bn Government framework.

Oliver Rogan (Metek); Louisa Finlay (Kier)

The Stonehouse-based firm, which has an additional manufacturing hub in Wolverhampton, will work on all six Lots of Crown Commercial Services’ (CCS) new Offsite Construction Solutions (OCS) framework as part of a joint venture with Tier 1 contractors, Kier.

Kier has created two JVs with external offsite manufacturing partners Metek and McAvoy. The OCS framework consists of six Lots.

With Metek, it will form Kier Metek, which will deliver projects using pre- manufactured 2D primary structural systems. And with McAvoy, the JV known as Kier McAvoy will delivered pre-manufactured 3D primary structural systems.

The new framework replaces the existing modular building framework and is set to run for the next four years.

The Lots are:

1. Built Estate (including education)
2. Healthcare
3. Residential
4. Justice
5. Defence
6. Thermal efficiency upgrades

Stuart Togwell, group managing director at Kier Construction, said: “Building on the ambitions of the Construction Playbook of using MMC and offsite solutions to drive improvements is a core imperative for Kier, and securing a place on all Lots means we are well-placed to support the delivery of vital new infrastructure in the UK.

“Our forward-thinking JVs with Metek and McAvoy will allow us to provide more capacity and high-quality end-to-end solutions for our public sector clients and to continue to deliver the best value through innovation across the wider industry.”

Oliver Rogan, managing director of Metek, from the Kier Metek consortium, said: “Metek and Kier have been working closely together for the past 12 months, driving a strategy to build projects in a more energy efficient and cost-effective manner, whilst maintaining the very highest health & safety standards.

“This ground-breaking collaboration unlocks Metek’s manufacturing and installation potential, whilst enabling us to grow, learn and develop alongside a formidable Kier team.

“Here at Metek, we have been at the forefront of light steel framed Modern Methods of Construction for over 23 years. I feel that this new alliance is a game changer in terms of adding components to the manufacturing process”.

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2021/22, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.8 billion – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.