MW21

Minor Works, English Regions


Overview

This framework is for use by contracting authorities throughout England to procure both planned and responsive minor works in the construction, repair, maintenance and improvement of both housing and non-housing.


It's suited to buyers who appreciate the continuity of a working relationship with a principal contractor to manage their works projects, whether single or multi-site, one-off or term contract.


Our suppliers are all experienced principal contractors of scale and proven capability to manage and deliver all forms of building upgrade and associated works, on both housing and non-housing asset types, and the capacity to deliver complex, concurrent multi-site projects

Key data

Official publication numbers

PIN: TED # 2020/S 202-492015

CN: TED # 2020/S 237-586838

CAN: TED # 2021/S 046-116826

Title

Minor Works, English Regions

Code

B2G MW 21

Start/End dates

8 Mar 2021 – 28 Feb 2025

Value

£500m, across all lots

Weighting

50% Quality / 50% Price

Contracting Authority

Gold Hill Housing Association (National registration # IP17437R)

Framework Manager

B2G Ltd for and on behalf of GHHA (Company registration # 12271806)

Framework cost

A levy of 1% is payable on all call off project invoices, capped at £50,000 per project.

There are no other management fees, and surplus is donated to help fund community initiatives selected by B2G and GHC.

Buyer eligibility

Any publicly funded organisation and or contracting authority in England, Wales and Scotland as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 including but not limited to any central government department, agency, devolved administration and or national/non-departmental public body, any local authority, unitary authority, or subsidiary or joint-venture vehicle of a local or unitary authority, arms-length management organisation, council owned company, school, college, university, education trust or authority, transport authority or service provider, any health authority, council, board or trust, any police, fire, rescue or emergency service, any housing association, registered social landlord, tenant management organisation or registered charity may, by submitting a Project Registration, access B2G frameworks and become a Buyer, as may any private sector organisation, particularly those established by public sector organisations to deliver public sector services.

Specification

assures compliance and build quality


Asset Class:

Both housing and non-housing


Project Size:

From single smaller site to complex multi-site projects


Work Type:

The delivery of minor works and all associated works and services including but not limited to:

  • thermal upgrades

  • roofing upgrades

  • window & door upgrades

  • kitchen & bathroom upgrades

  • disability adaptations; and

  • cyclical decorations & repairs


For more details about the specification, which also addresses project control and on-site performance as well as applicable Codes of Practice, please contact a member of the B2G team or our appointed suppliers.

Suppliers & Lots

all our suppliers have proven capability


Suppliers

Aspect Building Solutions Limited NE / YH / NW / EM

Aspect Group Services Limited EA

Avrenim Developments Ltd NW

M&J (Construction & Roofing) Ltd WM / EM / EA / SE / LB / SW

R Benson Property Maintenance Ltd SE / LB

Re-Gen (UK) Construction Ltd SE / LB


Lots

NE - North East

YH - Yorkshire & Humberside

NW - North West

WM - West Midlands

EM - East Midlands

EA - East Anglia

SE - South East

LB - London Boroughs

SW - South West

Quality

certification + case history = competence


We assure competency & proven experience with a focus on

    • third party certification and affiliation (including ISO, CHAS, CITB, BBA, NFRC, CRS, CIGA, FENSA, FISA, FIRA, SBD, NASC, PASMA, MEWPs, IPAF etc); and

    • case studies, where bidders were required to submit at least one example of delivering all works covered within the specification, and at least one resi and one non-resi asset type. All bidders submitted between 4 and 6 projects, and B2G sought clients’ validation of each project submitted, securing 94% responses (all positive).


Pleasee note, because each bidder was presenting projects undertaken for different buyers, it was unfair to score bids against one another, due to the lack of a common point of reference. Consequently top rank is shared by all Suppliers not excluded by the above criteria.

Price

"should cost" = sustainable + competitive


In line with the government’s Should Cost Modelling (SCM) we focus on achieving sustainable & competitive pricing rather than a race to the bottom.


Each bidder submitted discounts against NHF7 schedules and prices for all key OHP% and Prelims.


We then calculated the average price for each line item submitted by all bidders. Then, taking note of SCM concern of "low bid bias" when bids are more than 10% below the average, we calculated a direct price 5% below that average, thereby balancing additional value to buyers with sustainable profit for suppliers.


As a result buyers enjoy clear benchmarked savings and clear cost control of all major line items.


Please note, we scored each rate or percentage rather than the entire basket of each bidder, to negate any price distortions and, in so doing, deliver consistent Value of Money across all prices. And because we scored each rate and not each bid, top rank is shared by all Suppliers not excluded by the above criteria.

Social Value

community benefit comes as standard


As a requirement for being appointed to the framework every supplier confirmed their willingness to deliver all the measures set out in the Considerate Constructors Scheme's Social Value Checklist which, depending on the size and nature of the Project and the needs of the local community, might include:


Local employment

Full & part time; apprenticeships; work experience

Supply chain

Local sub-contractors, suppliers, social enterprises, NGOs & charities

Supplies & equipment

Locally manufactured; reused or recycled; or sustainably sourced

Community engagement

Educational (eg. engaging with local schools & colleges etc); social (eg. engaging with local clubs & charities etc); or environmental (eg. litter patrol & work parties etc)


Moreover, our suppliers typically aim to achieve 85% local labour and supply chain on every project.

Call Off Process

flexibility to direct award


Buyers can award a contract direct to any supplier confident they will deliver to a quality that meets or exceeds all regulations and standards, at a price demonstrably below market average, and in full support of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, thus generating commercial value for money AND social value for the community - embodying the principles of MEAT.


Registration

The Buyer registers the project with B2G

Selection

The Buyer has the option to run a mini competition or to direct award a Project based on factors which may include

  • the urgency or financial requirements of the Project; or

  • previous performance of the Supplier on the same or similar Projects; or

  • the work can only be carried out by that Supplier for technical reason; or

  • the opportunity to utilise designs and facilities already developed by that Supplier; or

  • where the Supplier has a legal interest through planning or development in a Project site; or

  • the Supplier’s agreement to deliver a Project to quality standards that meet or exceed those set out in the Specification at or below the Direct Prices as set out in the Framework Documents.

With either procedure the Buyer may award a Project based on criteria or weightings that are the same or different to those set out in the Framework Documents subject to ensuring that any action taken is transparent, non-discriminatory and fair.

Contract

The Buyer contracts the Supplier using the JCT/SBCC, NEC and/or PPC/FAC/TAC suites of contracts or Pre-Contract Service Agreements (PCSA) or the Buyer’s modified version of such standard forms.

Delivery

The Supplier delivers the project according to the agreed terms and KPIs, and B2G monitors the project.

Price increases

Price increases (including for materials) can be applied in line with CPI using ONS data and applying the Framework’s month of launch as the base index.

Tender Report

Pre-tender

A Prior Information Notice (PIN) was published on TED on 16 Oct 2020 in relation to B2G MW20, a Minor Works framework covering England. As a result of an online (Survey Monkey) questionnaire and direct phone feedback from companies who expressed interest the decision was taken to create separate frameworks, with MW20 aimed at large contractors of national scale and focus, and MW21 aimed at contractors of regional scale and focus, to tally with government guidelines on preventing unfair competition.

Tender

A Contract Notice (CN) was published on TED on 4 Dec 2020. 29 requests for the ITT documentation were received. 6 bids were received on or before 4pm on 29 Jan 2021. No late submissions were received.

Evaluation

Our objective was to assure competent suppliers and competitive rates. Each section of the bid document was scored separately, and weighted as follows:

  • Standard Questions
    This section is pass/fail. Standard Questions were based on PAS91 & ESPD format, covering company and financial standing, the latter evaluation based on financial accounts and insurance certificates submitted with each bid, and full independent financial reports from Veriphy, including current credit status, with emphasis placed on proven sustained profitability and a positive current ratio.

  • Social Value
    This section is pass/fail. Social Value support by all bidders was confirmed across four categories of measures (in accordance with the Social Value Checklist developed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme) covering local employment, supply chain, supplies and equipment, and community engagement. The average local labour and supply chain target across all bidders is 85%

  • Quality
    This section was weighted 50%.
    For Quality the focus was to assure competency and proven experience, with a focus on third party certification and case studies.Because each bidder was presenting projects undertaken for different buyers, it was unfair to score bids against one another, due to the lack of a common point of reference. Consequently top rank is shared by all Suppliers not excluded by the above criteria.

  • Price
    This section was weighted 50%.
    For Pricing our approach tallies with the government’s Should Cost Modelling, with its focus on achieving competitive sustainable pricing rather than a race to the bottom. Bidders supplied regional discounts against NHF7 Schedule of Rates; and prices for all key OHP% and Prelim costs. We then calculated the average price for each line item submitted by all bidders rather than the entire basket of each bidder to negate any price distortions and, in so doing, deliver consistent Value of Money across all prices. Because we scored each rate and not each bid, top rank is shared by all Suppliers not excluded by the above criteria.

Award

Pursuant to Clause 87 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 preliminary award notices were issued to 6 bidders on 19 Feb 2021:

Aspect Building Solutions Limited NE / YH / NW / EM

Aspect Group Services Limited EA

Avrenim Developments Ltd NW

M&J (Construction & Roofing) Ltd WM / EM / EA / SE / LB / SW

R Benson Property Maintenance Ltd SE / LB

Re-Gen (UK) Construction Ltd SE / LB

Lots: NE North East; YH Yorks & Humber; NW North West; WM West Midlands; EM East Midlands; EA East Anglia; SE South East; LB London Boroughs; SW South West.

Standstill

Pursuant to Clause 87 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 a period of standstill ran through to midnight at the end of 1 Mar 2021. No challenges were received, and consequently Award Confirmations were sent to each bidder, and the Contract Award Notice was published on TED on 8 Mar 2021.

Miscellaneous

No bids were received for the Welsh lots, and so these were deleted, as was reference to Wales in the framework title, to avoid any confusion; and

No bids were received for the Devon & Cornwall lot, and so the decision was taken to subsume it into the South West lot after discussion with the solitary bidder for that region, who was happy to extend their offering to the peninsula, and able to provide a case study for that region.