The DIO (Defence Infrastructure Organisation) has reopened the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme which gives industry projects the chance to get funding to complete construction.

The organisation will award projects individually by running mini-competitions for each occasion. It initially sought to put this framework into place in 2011, along with five other UK regional frameworks.

However it was eventually decided to put it on hold until after the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

It is now thought that the framework will be awarded by mid-2014 and will be in place for four years initially, with the potential to be extended by three years. It will run parallel to the National Capital Works Framework for higher value and more complex projects worth up to £50m.

Eligible contractors will need to demonstrate that they have a turnover of at least £18m and recent experience managing projects worth more than £5m.

DIO will host an industry day at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, in April to give potential framework contractors and supply chain businesses an overview of UK defence, the NGEC programme and the Scotland framework. The event will also provide suppliers the chance to network.

NGEC programme head Steve Rice said: “Defence rebasing is expected to generate significant changes to estate and infrastructure – including on some Scottish military bases – which will generate new construction requirements. In these financially challenging times we believe this framework model will maximise value for every pound spent on construction, while ensuring that design and build opportunities remain open for a wider range of national and local businesses.”

A contract notice has been issued to the Official Journal of the European Union Tender Electronic Daily (TED) and the Defence Contracts Online (DCO) websites.

It provides further information on the framework, explains how to submit expressions of interest and register to attend the industry day.

The deadline to register interest for the contract ends at 12:00 on April 12th 2013.

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