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LHC to launch new Scottish framework for schools and community building refurbishment

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A new framework arrangement for refurbishment and extension works for schools and community buildings is due to launch this Spring from specialist procurement consortium, LHC Scotland. The Schools and Community Buildings (SCB1) framework will help public sector bodies in Scotland access best value, quality solutions for new projects.

The framework will provide compliant, quick and easy access to contractors for schools, local authorities and other public sector organisations which have general refurbishment and new build extension work planned for appropriate buildings.  

Selected contractors who have been through the tender process will be appointed on a regional basis across Scotland, England and Wales.

Clive Feeney, regional manager for LHC Scotland, said: “The Schools and Community Buildings framework has been created following customer demand for a contractor based framework which encompasses community buildings as well as schools and other educational establishments.

“Our previous educational buildings framework, EF1, was restricted to schools. We are confident that the new SCB1 framework will build upon the successes of this framework and allow members to easily access contractors for works on community buildings, too.

“Users of the SCB1 framework will also be able to benefit from technical advice and ongoing project support offered by LHC.”

The framework will be divided into two workstreams covering new build extensions and associated works and general refurbishment works with a supported design service. Within the scope of works covered by the refurbishment workstream will be:

  • External works such as roof coverings, windows, doors, cladding, insulation and landscaping of buildings
  • Internal works including refurbishment of learning environments such as science laboratories and home economics facilities, remodelling of buildings and refurbishment of sports changing facilities

Mr Feeney added: “The interest we have seen from contractors across Scotland so far has been excellent. All bidders go through a robust evaluation process in line with EU regulations to identify those companies which are most suitable in each of the five regions: Scotland, Southern England, the Midlands, Northern England and Wales.”

Contractors successful in the bidding process will be announced nearer to the launch in line with EU tender procedures.

Any organisation wishing to enquire about the LHC framework arrangements can contact LHC on 01895 274800, mail@lhc.gov.uk or visit www.lhc.gov.uk/scotland





Notes for Editors

LHC is a not for profit, local government procurement consortium that can be used by any public sector organisation wanting to procure building products and services for refurbishment and maintenance of schools, social housing, and other public buildings.

In 2011/12 LHC framework arrangements were used 227 times by 137 customers for work on 414 different projects around the UK. In the last year alone, LHC saved £19.7m in terms of man hours for public sector organisations seeking to procure building maintenance solutions.

The LHC team offers independent technical advice, procurement expertise and customer support from set up, research, documentation and procurement to supply chain management.

LHC offers dedicated framework arrangements for the most popular building products and services, inclusive of aluminium and PVC-U windows, internal and external building insulation and roofing, as well as frameworks for whole house refurbishment and school maintenance and extensions.

Each LHC framework arrangement offers best value, flexible contract options that meet robust specifications for building refurbishment and each one is developed to the latest technical, environmental and health and safety standards.

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