12th May 2020

Contractors across the Liverpool City Region are being invited to bid on a £500 million, four year framework to provide a “one-stop-shop” of built environment services for public sector clients.

Liverpool-based Procure Partnerships made the announcement yesterday, as Boris Johnson urged construction to continue and mapped plans for a phased national return to work.

Seddon and K2 Architects won the £12m Eureka Mersey contract through Procure Partnerships in April

The Prime Minister on Sunday urged construction and engineering workers to return to work on sites, and other industries to return to workplaces if they are able to, otherwise continue to work from home, as part of his strategy for easing lockdown restrictions over the weeks ahead. 

Procure’s professional services framework aims to provide construction work across 11 regions in England and Wales, including the North West, through disciplines including:  

  • Architectural design 
  • Landscape architectural design 
  • Project management 
  • Structural engineering 
  • Civil engineering 
  • Quantity surveying 
  • MEP design 
  • Building surveying 
  • Principle designer 
  • Fire engineering 
  • Sustainability and environmental 

Contractors can apply to the framework from 26 May when the tender documents become available online.  

Robbie Blackhurst, Procure Partnerships framework director, said: “This framework has been two years in the making with the team conducting a detailed analysis of other professional services frameworks available to public sector bodies. 

“This has enabled us to build not only a comprehensive framework but also the most competitive framework on the market for public sector bodies to access.”  

He added that firms would be given the option of forming their own multidisciplinary teams comprising other contractors on the framework.  

Boris Johnson on Sunday gave official clearance for construction workers to return to work, despite the fact that many sites that initially closed in March have already reopened in recent weeks with tougher safety measures in place. 

We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work,” Johnson said.

However, for other segments of the property and development industry, the guidance is less clear, and many have warned either that is too early to lift restrictions, or that Johnson’s latest advice raise more questions that it answers. 

Melanie Leech, chief executive, British Property Federation, said in a statement on Monday: “We urgently need the Government to publish the detail of its back-to-work [strategy] and what public health guidance will apply as more people return to their places of work and have more freedom to enjoy public spaces.

“The overwhelming priority is to make sure that people are safe, but businesses will need time to prepare for and apply this guidance.

“As property owners and managers, we have a critical role to play and we will work with our tenants in offices, warehouses and shops to support them and to make sure that the public spaces we are responsible for are safely managed.”

Tender documentation for this framework will be released on Tuesday 26th May and can be accessed via this link –

12th May 2020