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Essex Construction Framework 3 – tender opportunity

Essex Construction Framework 3 – tender opportunity

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By Sean Mander, Commercial Business Director 

Essex County Council (ECC) is looking to procure a four-year multi-supplier Framework Agreement for construction services, to replace the existing Essex Construction Framework (ECF2), which expires in early 2024.

The Essex Construction Framework 3 (ECF3) will provide design and construction services for education and other capital construction and major maintenance projects. Construction relating to schools is currently the main project type being procured through ECF2, as ECC has a statutory duty to ensure there are sufficient school places for children within its area. Once ECF2 expires, a replacement construction route is required to enable ECC to fulfil this statutory role and offer a best value route to market.

The overall value of projects estimated to be procured through ECF3 over a 4-year period is £400m, with the framework divided into the following lots:

Lot 1 will be aimed at smaller contractors, with project values of between £0-£750k.

Lot 2 and Lot 3 will secure contractors that are capable of covering the whole of Essex and beyond. Individual project values will range from £500k to over £4.5m.

The ECF3 tender submission is a two-stage procurement process. The initial Supplier Questionnaire is to be submitted to ECC by Friday 13th October 2023, with successful contractors invited to the tender stage in early December.

Our team of Bid Consultants at BWL Group can support your organisation in successfully tendering for this contract. With extensive experience in the construction and infrastructure sector, BWL can support you with bid management and bid writing support, including bid planning, resource management, storyboarding, and technical writing. Within the ECF3 tender submission, the weighting of the quality responses is between 60%-70% of the overall tender score, dependant on the lot being bid.

We assist businesses in navigating the intricacies of the bid process to maximise their chances of success. If you require bid management or bid writing services, please contact us, and an experienced bid professional will be in touch. Alternatively, email us at

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