Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Firms Given Right to Bid for University Projects

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Firms Given Right to Bid for University Projects

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Byline: CONSTRUCTION COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

SIX construction companies with North East operations have been awarded a place on a major framework which will be used by five of the region's leading higher education institutions to deliver as much as PS750m of building projects.

The North East Universities Major Capital Projects (NEUPC) Framework will see contractors Clugston Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, BAM Construction, Bowmer and Kirkland, Galliford Try and Robertson get exclusive rights to bid for all work from Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside universities.

The framework is designed to meet the needs of the universities' capital projects over the next six years, with several schemes amounting to more than PS20m.

The firm project to use the framework will be the new PS17m sports centre extension at Newcastle University, which will be delivered by Clugston's North East office in Stockton and is due to start in January 2018.

Once finished, the sports centre on Richardson Road in Newcastle will become a centre of excellence in sports science and body conditioning, serving up modern sports halls, courts, running tracks and gyms for Newcastle University students.

Steve Radcliffe, managing director of Clugston Construction, said: "We are delighted to have secured a place on this framework and look forward to supporting the capital project needs of such high-profile organisations.

"Being involved in this framework will provide the opportunity to further develop our North East Business, by investing in our commitment to employment and skills and growing the local supply chain."

The framework is designed to give members significant savings against the market, driven through competition between the framework contractors, and also boost communication between universities and suppliers, who all have strong SME supply chains. …

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