The National Federation of Builders has been working in partnership with Haringey Council to generate a major works construction framework as part of the London Construction Programme (LCP).  The LCP recognises that London’s public construction projects remain one of the highest and most economically important areas of spend for local authorities. The framework has been developed to avoid duplication and inefficiency in spending, will streamline the tendering process for contractors and their supply chains and will promote the use of smaller companies.

Consultation for the framework began in July 2013 and the 30 lots it covers are split by three value tiers, five districts of London, and housing versus public service projects. Values range from £100,000 to over £5 million.

Collaboration has been instilled in the early stages of framework development and is a driving force for the LCP.  A launch event, held at Kensington Town Hall on Monday 1 February, exemplified this as construction clients, contractors appointed to the framework, and potential supply chain providers joined forces to mark the launch. The programme featured exhibition, networking, and seminars for buyers providing information regarding effective procurement and how to navigate the framework.  The NFB works vigorously to represent SMEs and establish recognition for the role that they have in ensuring the industry can deliver output targets and offer value to clients.

Paul Bogle, the NFB’s head of policy and research, was the event’s keynote speaker. He said: “Diversity in supply chains is key if we are to ensure the construction industry can contribute to local economic growth and skills development. We are pleased that this programme is structured in such a way that SMEs can access work and demonstrate value without any sacrifice in quality.”

Several NFB members have been appointed to the framework including Keepmoat, Barnes Construction, Beardwell Construction and a consortium of members Diamond Build PLC and Kind and Company (Builders) Limited.