Public-sector procurement route open to local SMEs
Procurement organisation and social enterprise, Fusion21, has announced the launch of its national Heating and Renewables Framework – worth up to £500m over a four-year period.
Designed to meet the needs of all public-sector organisations, including hospitals, mental health facilities, surgeries, nursing and care homes; the framework provides domestic and commercial solutions with a lot strategy that will offer a range of services from consultancy to design, servicing, maintenance, and installation.
The framework also includes a selection of renewable technology applications from air and ground source heat pumps to solar thermal, electric heating and hot water systems.
The commercial element of this framework can be utilised for a range of installations, including district heating systems and the installation/servicing of heat interface units.
Split into 10 lots, for the first time the framework will feature an education specific lot in partnership with the Department for Education, developed to support schools, colleges, academies and further/higher education establishments with their heating requirements.
Providing regional coverage, the framework will facilitate local delivery and is structured to open doors to SMEs, enabling suppliers to bid for works suited to their experience and expertise.
Peter Francis, director of operations at Fusion21, said: “Set for launch in January, this compliant procurement solution has been developed in response to market demand – reflecting feedback provided from both our members and the supply chain.
“With the use of renewable technologies on the rise and a government target to deliver decarbonisation; this framework will also support members to install a range of sustainable heating solutions tailored to their requirements.
“Members accessing this framework will benefit from greater efficiencies, support from technical procurement experts, and an experienced supply chain, in addition to flexible call-off processes, increased SME collaboration, and social value delivery aligned to organisational priorities.”
The submission deadline is 20 November.