THE Scottish construction sector is set to receive a £1.5 billion contract opportunity to deliver new build housing.

Scotland Excel will publish the Invitation to Participate (ITP) for its four-year New Build Residential Construction Framework on November 30.

The Centre of Procurement Expertise has teamed up with eleven Scottish councils to implement the framework, which will enable contracts for housing developments to be formed up until summer 2023.

Hugh Carr, head of strategic procurement at Scotland Excel said, “This is a major contract opportunity for the Scottish and UK construction sectors over the next four years for the delivery of new public sector social housing. The Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver 50,000 affordable new homes is backed by over £3 billion investment, and eleven councils have directly partnered with us to fund the development of this framework. This joint approach demonstrates a commitment to delivering significant new business for the construction sector, with further spend expected from the other Scottish councils and housing associations.”

The framework has been described as being “specifically designed” to create opportunities for SMEs to participate, as well as large companies. Firms can tender to build small projects of 1-15 properties with the choice of ‘build only’ or ‘design and build’ depending on their capabilities, and there are further lots for 16-25, 26-40 and 40+ properties. Companies can also bid to deliver projects nationally or submit offers for specific council areas.

Hugh added, “We have engaged extensively with the construction sector across Scotland to ensure we firmly understand their business needs. The framework has been designed around a commercial model that is aligned to the industry’s typical pricing structure, and we are using standard templates and SBCC terms and conditions to make it easy for contractors to bid for work packages once the framework is in place.

“We believe the framework will address a number of areas highlighted within the recent industry strategy published by Construction Scotland. These include 30-day payment terms, aggregation of demand to ensure a sustainable pipeline of work, and providing local opportunities for Scottish SMEs. An innovative approach to community benefits aims to address industry skill shortages while creating employment and training opportunities within the area of each development.”