Growth Lancashire has been chosen to partner with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to deliver their new Contractor and Development Framework aimed at streamlining development in the County.
It will speed up the rate at which local authority owned sites can be developed and make it easier to procure construction and civil engineering works for growth projects and capital programmes.
With the County’s ambitious and exciting programme for growth the Framework will facilitate development for some of those sites on both private and public sector land. In addition, it will allow the creation of new employment, housing and town centre opportunities.
It follows a robust evaluation and open tendering process that saw five private sector organisations successfully demonstrate they could work collaboratively with Blackburn with Darwen Council to develop identified strategic sites.
The appointed bidders were announced at a launch event on January 12th 2018 as Barnfield Construction, Casey, Eric Wright Group, I & H Brown and Seddon. The Framework which will operate for a minimum of four years with a possible four year extension, will also be open for any public sector body within Lancashire to use, overseen by Growth Lancashire.
Not only does it allow the appointed partners to have involvement with schemes early on they are also able to deliver better value for money by being able to plan for developments at an earlier stage.
The Framework will also deliver additional benefits over the way the Council has previously worked with developers by creating closer relationships and committing developers to various targets – covering jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.
Cllr Phil Riley, the Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council and Deputy Chair of Growth Lancashire’s Board, said: “This Framework further demonstrates market confidence in Blackburn with Darwen with investment and commitment from five respected local and regional companies.”
Steven Cochrane, Growth Lancashire Director, said: “Growth Lancashire is pleased to be supporting the wider roll-out of this Framework across Lancashire and will help administer the Framework for any public sector partners wishing to use this flexible procurement route.”