By Anita Jaynes on 5 May, 2015

Hampshire County Council (HCC) has appointed Swindon-based construction firm Beard to its multi-million pound, four-year Intermediate Construction Framework to deliver local authority building projects valued between £500,000 and £4 million in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Reading. The framework, which will also be offered to other local authorities is due to start in August this year.

Beard is one of 10 successful contractors on the framework for work that could total as much as £400 million. Most of the projects are expected to be between £1.5 million and £3 million and consist mainly of extensions, refurbishments and alterations to existing schools. The framework is also available for use by Fire, Police and NHS authorities. Beard will be appointed to individual projects or programmes by mini-competition.

The Hampshire Intermediate Construction Framework aims to improve the predictability of project out-turn cost, programme and quality by the early collaborative involvement of the contractors in the project design and project management.

“Our success in gaining a place on this important framework recognises Beard’s strong track record of collaborative working with our local authority partners and our significant experience in designing, building and refurbishing schools in the region,” says Guy Hannell, director of Beard’s Guildford office. “We are looking forward to using this expertise on this framework and working with Hampshire County Council and its framework partners where we aim to build on our reputation for adding value and prompt and faultless project delivery.”

The family-owned construction group is currently on seven construction frameworks in the South of England including a multi-million pound framework with West Sussex County Council where it is building a new three-storey teaching complex at Durrington High School in Worthing. Beard also works closely with Surrey County Council where it is constructing a new nine classroom teaching block at Ashford Park Primary School.

HCC has previously developed and run a range of regional construction frameworks since 2005 on behalf of itself and other authorities across the South East, which have delivered over £2.5 billion of projects for over 100 authorities and other public sector organisations.