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Constructing West Midlands extends Morgan Sindall plc's tenure on major projects framework

Morgan Sindall plc, in a consortium arrangement with its sister company Lovell, has had its position on the multi-contractor Constructing West Midlands framework extended by Birmingham City Council.

The consortium, known as Community Solutions, has had its role on Lot 7 of the framework, which covers major capital projects with a value in excess of £500,000, extended by a further two years from September 2015.

Originally appointed in September 2011 for a four-year period, Community Solutions has delivered around 50 projects through the framework which have a combined estimated value of over £120 million. These include the £5.5 million Old Square Shopping Centre in Walsall, which completed in 2014, and the £5.6 million Perry Beeches IV free school which was awarded in 2013. Current work in progress amounts to approximately £80 million.

Central to the framework extension has been a new project delivery agreement with the framework managers, Birmingham City Council’s design and contract delivery partner Acivico, relating to various aspects of project delivery. These include: enhanced project delivery efficiencies driven by lean processing, coupled with social charter targets for elements such as community engagement, training and local employment and an improved reporting structure.

Community Solutions’ work, along with three other framework contractors within Lot 7, is tested against seven key performance indicator categories where it continues to perform strongly.

Morgan Sindall’s Area Director for the Midlands region, Richard Fielding, said: “This extension represents a significant achievement for the consortium which is built on a record of delivery, partnership working and honest communication.

“The people of the West Midlands region demand and deserve the very best accommodation for their public services and it is our job to ensure this is delivered in an efficient and safe manner which also has a positive social impact.”

Acivico Managing Director, Trevor Haynes said: “Birmingham City Council, together with its design and contract delivery partner Acivico (www.acivico.co.uk), is committed to continue to deliver award winning projects under Lot 7 of the Constructing West Midlands Framework and the decision to extend our existing partnership with Morgan Sindall is a clear statement by the council to further support this position.

“Morgan Sindall will continue to work closely with Acivico throughout the two-year extension period, which will enable both parties to further develop and drive the implementation of proven, modern methods of construction procurement within the Major Capital Projects space. This activity is underpinned by some challenging efficiency targets which include Morgan Sindall’s support and delivery of its commitments under the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.”

The major projects lot of the Constructing West Midlands framework replaced the award-winning Birmingham Construction Partnership framework which ended in 2011. Constructing West Midlands is open to any public body including local authorities, healthcare, education and blue light services.

It covers the entire West Midlands region including the shires of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire along with the Black Country and the key satellite locations including Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford & Wrekin.