Published date: 1 September 2023

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 26 January 2024, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Construction work - 45000000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

1 September 2023

Closing date

26 January 2024

Closing time


Contract start date

20 May 2024

Contract end date

19 May 2028

Contract type


Procedure type

Restricted procedure

A two-stage procedure, where the first stage is used to select suppliers, who are then invited to bid in the second stage.

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Essex County Council (ECC) is looking to procure a four-year multi-supplier framework agreement for construction services to replace the existing construction framework (ECF2) which expires in early 2024. The Essex Construction Framework 3 (ECF3) will provide design and construction services for education and other capital construction and major maintenance projects, and will be available to other Contracting Authorities as specified in Schedule 1g (attached). ECF3 may also be utilised by Essex Housing/LLP where identified as a suitable procurement route for any of their future schemes.

Construction relating to schools is currently the main project type procured through ECF2. Essex County Council (ECC) has a statutory duty to ensure there are sufficient school places for children within its area (including both mainstream and Special Educational Need). Once ECF2 expires, a replacement construction route is required to enable ECC to fulfil this statutory role and offer a best value route to market. As stated above, ECF3 will allow for third party usage and the framework spend has been allocated accordingly. The value estimated to go through ECF3 over a 4 year period is £400M.

About the buyer

Contact name

Molly Brown


County Hall
Market Road
United Kingdom