Industry leaders have praised a construction framework which has delivered £200 million of contracts across North Wales.
Since its inception in 2014, the North Wales Construction Framework has provided a cost-effective mechanism to secure contractors to build new schools and other public buildings as well as delivering benefits for local sub-contracting businesses and communities.
North Wales businesses are now being encouraged to put themselves forward for inclusion in the second phase of the Framework with a number of contracts of between £250,000 and more than £10million to be allotted.
Of the 20 projects under the current Framework, 70 per cent of supply chain spending has been within a 30-mile radius of projects.
Chris Wynne, managing director of Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction, one of six main contractors on the Framework, said:
“The North Wales Construction Framework has provided a source of new and exciting contracts for our company and has facilitated our business growth, both in terms of sales turnover and employees.
“We have accordingly been able to invest in our business processes, in new hardware and software systems, in the training and development of our staff and the recruitment of new technical and site management personnel. By ensuring 70 per cent of the project workforce resides within the region, our growth has created sustainability for both our local SME supply chain and the North Wales economy, thereby supporting long-term skills and job retention within the industry.”
Benefits to the North Wales economy include more than 7,800 hours of work experience, 29 permanent new jobs created for unemployed people, 8,800 pupils involved in engagement events and 30 work placements for NEETs (individuals not in Employment, Education or Training) in partnership with The Prince’s Trust.
Cllr Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, the lead authority for the Framework, said:
“The collaborative approach of the Framework has resulted in a number of added benefits to the communities where the projects are being delivered, to the local supply chain and the building users themselves.
“The Framework has demonstrated that construction is much more than just delivering buildings on time and budget but also about involving the community and maximising the economic benefits from the investment through training, recruitment, upskilling and support in kind. It is about creating opportunities for future generations in the region.
“The Framework fits in with Denbighshire’s wider work on improving the procurement process and is part of the Council’s work on developing the local economy to help businesses thrive.
“This is not just about large companies, but also about developing opportunity for smaller firms in the supply chain to be considered for contracts. I would encourage as many businesses as possible to attend our launch events to find out more about the Framework and the benefits it could have for your business.”
In Denbighshire projects currently being delivered under the framework include the new primary school for Rhos Street and Ysgol Pen Barras schools at Glasdir (£8.5m); the renovation of the Pavilion Theatre and Sky Tower on Rhyl Waterfront (£7.4m) and the Ysgol Glan Clwyd extension and refurbishment (£13.9m).
Alex Read, director of Wrexham based Read Construction, a firm which is also on the Framework, said:
“We are delighted to have been a part of the first iteration of the Framework.
“It has provided our business with fantastic opportunities across North Wales, to deliver prestigious projects and collaborate with both local and national contractors throughout the region. We have seen our local supply chain grow through the opportunities provided on the framework and have been able to offer local employment opportunities on our projects.”