The number of bidders for Stoke-on-Trent City Councils Extra Care Housing project has now been reduced to 3 after the completion of the Invitation to Submit Outline Solutions stage of the PFI deal.
Businesses across North Staffordshire will have a golden opportunity to directly promote themselves in early October at a special “Meet the Buyer” event in Stoke-on-Trent.
The event, on Thursday October 7, is being organised by the city council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) team, along with Build Up North Staffordshire, which helps promote business opportunities for local companies.
The aim of the day is to encourage local suppliers to come along and talk one-to-one with the main BSF’s main contractors; Balfour Beatty, Thomas Vale/Wates (TVW consortium) and the RM Group.
The £250m BSF programme in Stoke-on-Trent will see every secondary and special school rebuilt or refurbished, including five brand new academies.
Detailed planning is well under way at the two sample schools with contractors Balfour Beatty due to start work on a brand new school in the Trent Vale area of the city before Christmas. The other design and build contractors, Thomas Vale/Wates consortium will start work on refurbishment at Haywood Engineering College in spring next year.
“We think there are around 200 businesses that might be able to offer their services to the contractors involved in the BSF programme, and this will be an ideal opportunity for them to meet face to face with the decision makers. I’d encourage anyone who thinks they’ve got something to offer to come along. The three contractors will be able to detail materials, trades, skills and individual specialist requirements they are going to be buying over the next few years.”
“As we begin to move into the construction phase of this programme, there will also be a range of job opportunities for students leaving school or college to explore with the contractors as the project develops.”
Businesses wanting to come along to the event on October 7th, which is being held at the Britannia Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, ST4 4EG, can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01782 232398 to confirm their attendance.
The day will begin at 9.00am and business will finish at 4pm.
By Tony Walley
Last week a national newspaper reported on the activities of a Worcestershire company which has been collectingÃ‚ and selling information to a range of construction companies about workers that were regarded as being “trouble makers”. The database that contained over 3,000 names of people who had a history of trade union membership or who had raised concerns about health and safety on building sites had been maintained.
- Balfour Beatty has a contract with the City Council to rebuild local schools. It is one of five bidders which have been short-listed for a transformational £250 million partnership which will help kick-start the development of Stoke-on-Trent city-centre business district.
- Laing O Rourke has a major contract rebuilding the University Hospital of North Staffs.
- Carillion which built and maintains a number of new psychiatric hospitals in North Staffordshire.
- Kier Group which 12 months ago took over the responsibility of maintaining the city council housing stockÃ‚ in a £400 million deal.
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