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Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
DfE Offsite Schools Framework (Incorporating Modular and MMC delivery)
The Department for Education (DfE) wishes to procure a new offsite construction framework for the design and build of offsite schools and educational establishments to support its educational infrastructure delivery programmes and other initiatives. The DfE offsite framework is being established to cultivate innovation and modernise the industry by increasing the adoption of MMC (modern methods of construction) offsite production in the market, in line with the government’s commitment to MMC and its presumption in favour of offsite construction by 2019 across suitable capital programmes, where it represents best value for money.
Bidders may submit a tender for both lots but can only be successful in 1 lot. Bidders must state their preference at the time of tender. Further information is contained in the procurement documents available at the above website.
Lot 1: Larger, Higher Value Schemes
The DfE intends to appoint up to 5 contractors to the Framework Agreement for this lot. This lot is intended for the delivery of offsite built Secondary Schools and Secondary blocks of Gross Internal Area (GIA) 6 000 m2 and above throughout England, but the DfE may use Lot 1 to deliver batches of primary school schemes. Schemes awarded under the framework will be subject to a mini-competition or allocated via a performance based allocation procedure.
The stated lot value of 2 000 000 000 GBP is the maximum headroom for schemes delivered under this lot but the actual value of schemes is anticipated to be lower than this figure. The median anticipated pipeline for Lot 1 is expected to be a throughput of 15 secondary schemes per year. DFE makes no guarantee to any Bidder or contractor that they will be awarded any schemes and no guarantee is made in respect of any volume of work under the Framework Agreement. The framework is intended to supplement and not replace existing DfE school construction frameworks.
Lot 2: Smaller, Lower Value Schemes
The DFE intends to appoint up to 5 contractors to the Framework Agreement for this lot. This lot is intended for the delivery of offsite built primary school schemes and secondary blocks of GIA from 750 to 6 000+ m2 throughout England, but the DfE may use Lot 2 to deliver secondary school schemes above 6 000 m2. Schemes awarded under the framework will be subject to a mini-competition or allocated via a performance based allocation procedure.
The stated lot value of 1 000 000 000 GBP is the maximum headroom for schemes delivered under this lot but the actual value of schemes is anticipated to be lower than this figure. The median anticipated pipeline for Lot 2 is expected to be a throughput of 15 primary schemes per year, DFE makes no guarantee to any bidder or contractor that they will be awarded any scheme contract and no guarantee is made in respect of any volume of work under any scheme contract, or in aggregate under the Framework Agreement.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Bidders must be able to meet the minimum turnover requirements stated in selection questionnaire. The successful bidders will also be required to maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts set out in the selection questionnaire, available from the abovementioned web address.
The contractors may be required to help achieve social and/or environmental policy objectives relating to recruitment, training and supply-chain initiatives, such as apprenticeships and T-Levels. Contract performance conditions may relate to these considerations.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Further information about the lots, requirements of the tender and the processes for contracts to be awarded based on the Framework Agreement are set out in the procurement documents.
The DFE Offsite Framework follows previous frameworks let by the DfE (formerly the EFA and ESFA) for the construction of offsite component solutions for schools.
Building on the previous frameworks, the new framework will provide a longer term, more efficient framework for all school types that is intended to deliver ever improving offsite solutions in accordance with the government's industrial strategy.
The framework procurement is designed to: complement the DfE’s existing frameworks; develop and increase the capacity of the offsite/MMC market to support the progression to Design For Manufacture and Assembly ((DFMA); incorporate programme and cost savings, through standardisation across a pipeline of schemes; improve value for money within the period of the framework, both in relation to cost against DfE Funding Rates, and quality in identified key areas against the DfE output specification; and minimise onsite disruption to education provision.
The DfE has produced design guides for this framework to illustrate how schools might be designed for efficient delivery using modern methods of construction and offsite construction. The design guides are provided in Volume 6 of the procurement documents (ITT).
A key aspect of the framework tender is that bidders must demonstrate that schemes which meet the Employer’s Requirements can be delivered within DfE Funding Rates. Under the framework it is intended that each scheme is to be delivered at or below DfE funding rates, using a flexible offsite solution, based on standard documentation, against a standard output specification.
It is intended that this procurement will be used by the DFE to deliver projects funded by the DFE's capital programmes, including (but not limited to) Free Schools Programme, Priority School Building Programme (or successor programme) and may also be used for the delivery of other Academies Capital Maintenance Funded schemes, basic needs and other capital programmes.
Purchases from the framework may be made by the Secretary of State for Education, Department for Education; other Government Departments; Local Authorities in England listed on https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council or any replacement list; free schools; Academy Schools within the meaning of the Academies Act 2010; all primary and secondary education establishments in England on the EduBase Get Information about Schools register https://get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/ or any replacement list; any other primary, secondary or SEN school of any legal form; and further education institutions providing further education as defined in the Education Act 1996.
The DFE is likely to be the main client of this procurement.
Tenders must be received before the deadline. Bidders are encouraged to submit their submissions well in advance of the stated date and time in order to avoid such issues as technical difficulties with the electronic system that may be due to the high volumes of traffic attempting to submit applications on the same date at the same time. Tenders delivered after the date and time specified or to a different address, electronically or otherwise, will not be considered.
The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award the opportunity or to award only part of the opportunity described in this Contract Notice.