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Read Secure Place on Major £600m Framework

Read Construction have been successful in their bid to join the third iteration of a £600million construction framework.

Eighteen construction companies have been appointed to the third edition of a £600million construction framework following a competitive tendering process, with 13 of the 18 companies appointed based in North Wales.

The North Wales Construction Partnership Framework 3 (NWCP3) is the third edition of the successful NWCP2, created jointly by six North Wales Local Authorities. The NWCP3 aim is to deliver value for money and the benefits associated with a long-term collaborative relationship. It’s built on an ethos of openness, transparency and flexibility achieved by continuous communication and engagement with stakeholders.

The total anticipated value of the NWCP3 is up to £600 million and will include new school buildings and other public sector projects, and social housing developed by all six North Wales authorities.

Alex Read, Director, said: “Read’s appointment to the third iteration of the North Wales Construction Partnership represents a significant step for our business as we continue to deliver exemplar customer service by prioritising local clients and local reinvestment. The opportunities presented through the pipeline of work will support our ongoing investment in our people and supply chain, contributing to the Well-Being of Future Generations Act’s goals and objectives. Read look forward to once again working collaboratively with all stakeholders through the third phase of the framework.”

Alex Read, Director, signing the contract documents at the launch event.

NWCP3 is committed to socially responsible procurement, and it is expected that buyers and contractors on the Framework will deliver social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits whilst delivering maximum value for money for the Welsh pound.

NWCP3 will foster collaborative working and allows clients, contractors, design teams and the supply chain to work together, placing community benefits at its core by supporting and developing sustainable local supply chains, apprenticeships and training as well as improving the well-being of communities across North Wales.

The NWCP3 will work with other agencies such as Employment services across North Wales, CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), Careers Wales and local Educational Facilities to deliver Targeted Recruitment and Training, in each individual project.

NWCP3 will also has a significant impact on Supply Chain development and management of the environmental impact as a partner of Supply Chain Sustainability School.

As a member of the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF), NWCP3 can expand its collaboration across Wales and into England by exchanging best practices with similar national public sector frameworks.

North Wales Construction Partnership’s new branding, which was revealed at the launch event.

The previous NWCP2 was accessed by projects with a value in excess of £200 million, with 76 percent of the supply chain spend based in Wales.

The aim of the NWCP3 is ambitious: to secure improvements to the built environment through delivery of best value, energy efficient, sustainable facilities; utilising the highest possible safety and environment standards, innovation and collaboration, whilst creating a lasting legacy through targeted investment in employment and communities.

This framework aims to create a positive impact that extends far beyond the completion of individual projects.

Dafydd Ifans, Head of Education Infrastructure and Support for Wrexham County Borough Council, said: “Wrexham County Borough Council is proud of the fantastic facilities that we have been able to provide for our learners and citizens through our collaboration with the Framework partners. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our colleagues across North Wales, through the North Wales Construction Partnership, to deliver quality public sector funded building projects that will continue to benefit our communities, provide local employment opportunities and offer real value for money.”

Gareth W Thomas, Architectural Services Manager for Anglesey County Council, said: “Anglesey County Council have delivered a number of hugely successful projects through the North Wales Construction Partnership over recent years. There has been excellent collaboration across the six North Wales Authorities as well as great collaboration with the Framework Contractors to deliver projects, share information and develop skills and training.”

Jennie Williams,  Senior Manager,  School Planning and Provision for Flintshire County Council, said: “Flintshire Council is delighted to continue our long relationship with the North Wales Construction Partnership through our commitment to the third iteration framework.

We are committed to delivering modern facilities which meet the needs of future generations, we get just as excited about delivering smaller projects as when we delivering larger new builds. Working together over the last 10 years, we have delivered 7 projects through this construction framework. Flintshire prides itself on being a council which performs highly for its local communities, and one which is guided and motivated by a set of strong social value, the framework has also enabled us to work with some fantastic local supply partners who have contributed greatly to our focus on achieving social value within our communities and we look forward to retaining this framework relationship for many years to come to deliver buildings that will support our communities to achieve their potential.

Craig Buck, Project Manager Environment, Roads and Facilities for Conwy County Borough Council, said: “The framework has been very successful in generating work for local contractors in North Wales and I hope that this new partnership will keep developing on the great foundations already laid down.  There have been many community benefits provided for local communities as an outcome of this framework which helps foster good working practices. The addition of social housing lots will help local authorities deliver projects for their individual housing needs and create real value for money.

“I am excited to become the chair of the partnership and looking forward to what collaboration we can achieve in the coming years and support local SME’s develop and grow.”

Arwel Ap Ifan Evans, Corporate Procurement Manager for Cyngor Gwynedd, said: “The North Wales Construction Framework has not only enabled us to appoint contractors to successfully build and develop our school’s infrastructure across the region but has also been an excellent facilitator to develop wider procurement objectives. Over the years we have seen a development in attaining community benefit, supply chain development and environmental advances to name a few. I think this has been an excellent example of collaboration benefiting contracting bodies, contractors, suppliers, and residence across North Wales.

Catrin Roberts, Head of Corporate Support – People for Denbighshire County Council, said: “Denbighshire is honoured to host the North Wales Construction Partnership and look forward to supporting the next iteration of the Framework to deliver public sector funded construction projects across North Wales.  The North Wales Construction Partnership approach ensures that not only are wider economic benefits felt across the region, but also that targeted training and employment continues to support jobs and skills for local residents.”

Karen Bellis, Collaborative Procurement and Framework Manager for Denbighshire County Council, said: “The North Wales Construction Partnership team is looking forward to supporting the North Wales public sector to deliver construction projects that are fit for the future, maximise value for money, and support our communities.  The previous two Frameworks delivered over £250 million of projects to principal contractors and across the supply chain.  The 3rd Framework will serve major building projects from £250,000 value to £15 million plus, also will include 2 social housing lots whilst continuing to focus on generating benefits for communities.”