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Capital Construction Works

Construction procurement is changing…

We’ve listened to your feedback and simplified our processes to make it easier for you to tender for our capital construction tendering opportunities. We want to make it as quick and easy as possible for you to win work.


Changes we’ve made

  • Increase transparency and fairness, so as many of you as possible get the opportunity to bid for work

  • Reduce the amount of paperwork you have to complete, so you can spend more time focussing on your day jobs


How we buy

We no longer hold any ‘approved supplier lists’ for capital construction works.

Depending on the value of the works, we now use the following processes:


Construction Works up to £50,000

We will obtain at least 3 quotes from the market.

We’ll use the Constructionline database to carry out a search of suitable contractors who we’ll invite to quote for the work.


Construction Works over £50,000

Construction Works over £50,000 but below the OJEU threshold (currently £4,322,012). 

We’ll advertise all tenders through:

Sometimes, we might search Constructionline’s database to identify suitable contractors who we can alert to the tender opportunity.

This minimises the risk to us of no-one responding to a tendering opportunity, which wastes both our time and public money.

But even when we alert organisations to a tender opportunity, every opportunity will still be openly advertised in the three places stated above. So everyone gets a fair crack at the whip.


Construction works over the OJEU threshold (currently £4,322,012) 

If the scheme is above the OJEU threshold then, in addition to the steps set out above for contracts over £50,000, we’ll also advertise via an ‘OJEU Notice’.

You can search for all OJEU opportunities on a number of websites.

The easiest way for you to be alerted to our opportunities is for you to register (free of charge) on YORtender against all CPV codes relevant to your business.

You’ll then receive email alerts for any opportunities which match your CPV codes.


‘Framework’ contracts.

We sometimes use regional construction frameworks, such as YORbuild, YORcivil, YORconsult or ENProcure.

These allow us to procure quickly and cost effectively. If you’re not on any frameworks and would like to be in the future, please contact the frameworks directly.


What you need to do

We need to comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

For all works over £174,000 we use a 2 stage ‘restricted’ tender process. Stage 1 requires a short pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) to be completed.

We evaluate these to determine if contractors satisfy our minimum requirements (below) and decide on a shortlist of suppliers who we invite to tender (stage 2).

We then evaluate the tenders to decide on a preferred contractor.

Procurement processes for building and civil engineering works are run by our Capital Delivery Service and overseen by our Commercial Services.


Our Minimum Key Requirements for contracts over £50,000

Health & Safety Systems – CHAS, SSIP, ISO18001 or Safe Contractor Scheme accreditation.


Our Minimum Key Requirements for contracts over £500,000

  • Quality Assured Delivery i.e. ISO9001 accreditation or equivalent /evidence

  • Environmental Management i.e. ISO14001 accreditation or equivalent / evidence

  • Health & Safety Systems – CHAS, SSIP, ISO18001 or Safe Contractor Scheme accreditation

  • Appropriate experience against relevant CPV codes

  • Willingness to enter into a Parent Company Guarantee or Contract Bond


Contact us

If you’ve any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

  • Modified: Jul 3, 2015 9:59:17 AM