EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARDS’ PROCUREMENT PLANS

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Education and Library Boards’ Procurement Plans

14 February 2013: The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) today met with representatives from the Education and Library Boards (ELBs) to discuss proposals that would allow the Boards to efficiently deliver the increased capital funds that have been made available to them over the next two years.
The Western, Southern, South Eastern and Northern Education and Library Boards wish to have the ability to procure works up to the value of £2m within a short timeframe.
Proposed Procurement Approach
Theses Boards currently have approved lists for two bands of construction work, namely Band A up to £250k and Band B from £250k- £750k. For each job in these Bands, six tenderers are chosen using random selection.
The Boards are now proposing that from 2 April 2013 a third band will be created, namely Band C for works from £750k to £2m. The same random selection process will be used to generate the tender lists for Band C works.
Contractors with the appropriate Constructionline category value and relevant experience will be able to apply to get on to the approved list for Band C from the start of March 2013.
CEF is seeking feedback from members on this proposal. If you have any comments please contact Nigel Lucas at NLucas@cefni.co.uk or 028 9087 7143 by Friday 22 February 2013.
H&S Requirements
To be considered for tender after 2 April 2013, regardless of the value of work being undertaken, all contractors on the ELB lists must:
1.            Have Safe-T-Cert or an equivalent health and safety management system, which satisfies the requirements of the Buildsafe-NI Initiative, and which has been certified by one of the 3rd parties listed on CPD's Website; and
2.            Have Safe-T-Cert or another certificate proving valid registration or accreditation as compliant or approved with a Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Forum member scheme to demonstrate conformity against the CDM ACOP Core Criteria for demonstration of competence (stage 1).
Only Agree to Tender When Interested in the Job
Contractors on the approved lists should be aware that where they are randomly selected to tender but are not interested in that particular job they are strongly encouraged by the Federation and the Boards to inform the client immediately to ensure another contractor gets the chance to tender. Informing the client of your intention not to tender when randomly selected is not looked upon negatively by the client and will have no bearing on your future opportunities to tender. However, agreeing to tender and then not submitting a tender does cause problems for the client.