Westworks is about to start the re-procurement of the hugely successful Development Contractor Framework. We will be procuring this arrangement on behalf of our “Collaboration” consortia partners namely; Westworks, Advantage South West, Efficiency East Midlands and South East Consortium.

Because of the large area covered by the Collaboration and the need to attract more SME providers as well as the larger organisations, we have decided to run this procurement as a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

This means that rather than the framework being tendered, awarded and then closed for four years, we are able to keep access for contractors open via a Request to Participate (RTP) system, which is in effect a PQQ to get onto an “approved list”. In practice this means that there will be no pricing exercise to undergo during the initial tender and any subsequent RTP.

However, because the way in which we run mini-competitions through the current framework is based on similar principles, our process will remain largely unchanged in so much that there will be an ITT stage for any call-offs that will be project specific and require pricing etc. at that stage rather than at the “OJEU” stage.

Westworks have a system of Expression of Interest (EoI) and where necessary a reduction in the number of bidders by a sifting brief which is a project-specific questionnaire. We do this so that the number of participants is manageable and because we are very mindful of the amount of work required by bid teams to complete an ITT. Participants will also have the opportunity to decline mini-comps.
The DPS will cover four main categories:
1. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with 1 to 10 units and projects with value up to £1.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each up to £1.5m
2. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with 11 to 40 units and projects with value up to £4.5m this lot will include developments of multiple phases each over £1.5m to £4.5m
3. Design and build of housing & non-housing developments with over 40 units and projects with value over £4.5m
4. Major refurbishment/remodelling of property including commercial / corporate property

The geographical coverage of this arrangement will be the same as that currently used; that is you tell us what post codes you can demonstrate that you can deliver into and you will be invited to participate in any opportunity that comes up in that area within the categories that you have been awarded.

The DPS means also that we can run the arrangement for more than the prescribed four years allowed under a framework and also longer-term partnerships between contractors and clients is possible.
We anticipate being in a position to advertise the procurement on OJEU and Contracts Finder by mid-July.

Once registered HERE (or click the “supplier area at the top of this page and then “register as a supplier”) you will receive and automated notification when we issue the tender and so there is no need to do anything more just yet.

We will keep you informed of any changes to this but look forward to seeing your company participate in the DPS in due course.