The government has named the winners in the bids for some of the largest construction and civil engineering projects in Britain, ranging from a number of NHS works to the redevelopment of Ministry of Defence air bases.
In all, a total of £30 billion of contracts was up for grabs, with £9 billion on NHS schemes via the ProCure23 process and £21 billion on other work.
This is the fourth time the system has been used to decide which construction firms get which contracts. Those landing them include some of the most familiar names in the sector; Balfour Beatty, BAM, Bouygues UK, Bowmer & Kirkland, Galliford Try, Henry Boot, ISG, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Logan Construction, Mace Group, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Wilmott Dixon and many more.
There will certainly be plenty of need for men’s workwear as construction begins on the new hospitals and other NHS facilities. Mace and Willmott Dixon, who formed a partnership last year to collaborate in securing NHS construction contracts, won orders worth £70 million, although seven others will also be building for the health service.
Director of estates and facilities and head of profession at NHS England and NHS Improvement Simon Corben said: “ProCure23 builds on almost two decades of success of ProCure as a route to market for NHS capital projects.”
He added that the contracts had been split into three lots in order to address specific issues, including that of “increasing our estate’s capacity through new builds, addressing backlog maintenance, or reconfiguring spaces to better meet the health and care needs of our local communities.”
The current Conservative government took office on a pledge to build 40 new NHS hospitals and while the latest set of contracts does not complete that pledge, £3.7 billion was prospectively set aside in 2020 for the task to be completed over the course of the current decade.