Enables NI public sector organisations and their arm’s-length bodies to access all types of building and civil engineering works.
The flexible contract structure is designed to provide solutions for varying customer requirements. It includes advanced, innovative contract arrangements, allowing customers to procure programmes of work as self-managed sub-alliances.
The framework is arranged in 11 lots of varying levels of complexity and value of work from £0 – £3m up to £80m+. This includes general construction and also specialist market areas:
- demolition / decommissioning
- construction management
Individual lots are divided into regional sub-lots appropriate to the market sector and value range. The lower value lots support direct access to SME suppliers.
All of the commonly used procurement routes, tendering methods, payment arrangements and standard forms of contract are available. Standard common government boilerplate clauses are included for things such as GDPR and intellectual property rights. Individual customers have the freedom to include additional project or customer specific contract amendments.
The framework supports the implementation of government policies and strategies:
- building information modelling (BIM)
- life cycle cost
- prompt payment
- project bank accounts
- early contractor involvement
- social value
It also aligns suppliers and customers in achieving agreed success measures for each lot. Advanced alliance facilities are included to increase the potential for consistency, efficiency, improved value and lessons learned by integrating or connecting:
- a programme of work comprising more than one project to be awarded to one or more suppliers
- the design, capital and operational phases of any one or more projects, to be awarded to one or more suppliers
- flexible application allowing the use of all common construction procurement methodologies and supporting early engagement of the supply chain
- supports the implementation of government policies and strategies
- brings together industry with the end user to promote collaborative working practices
- improves outputs by adopting an innovative framework alliance approach
- promotes innovation and efficiency through the adoption of technology and modern methods of construction (MMC)
- supports the use of whole life cost approaches in public sector spending
- introduces government “boilerplate” clauses to standardise industry terms and conditions for best value
- supports a sustainable industry through prompt payment and social value initiatives
- provides access to SMEs at regional level
- complements integrated CCS frameworks for construction professional services, modular building, building materials and facilities management
Lot 1.1.5: Building Works & Minor Associated Civil Engineering Works & Servs–N. Ireland Value band £0-3m
Lot 1.2.5: Civil Engineering Works & Minor Associated Building Works & Servs–N. Ireland Value band £0-3m
Lot 2.5: Construction Works and Associated Services – N. Ireland Value band £3-10m
Lot 3.5: Construction Works and Associated Services – N. Ireland Value band £10-30m
Lot 4.3: Construction Works and Associated Services – N. Ireland Value band £30-80m
Lot 5: Construction Works & Assoc Servs (£80m +) – National Lot across all UK regions National Lot across all UK regions £80m plus
Lot 6.5: Residential – N. Ireland
Lot 7.5: High Rise Accommodation – N. Ireland
Lot 8: Maritime – National Lot across all UK regions
Lot 9: Airfields – National Lot across all UK regions
Lot 10: Demolition – National Lot across all UK regions
Lot 11: Construction Management – National Lot across all UK regions
How to buy
You can buy from this framework alliance contract either using Competitive Award Procedure or Direct Award procedure.
Competitive award duration is not defined as it will depend on the size, scale and complexity of your project or programme of works requirement.
You should first decide which lot(s) is most suitable using our Guided Match Lot selector tool. Guidance on selecting the appropriate lot is available in the documents section below. If you are still unsure then please contact us by email for help selecting the right lot.
- Register as an Additional Client with CCS by completing the registration document (available to download in our documents tab below) and return the document by email to CCS. There is no joining fee and no commitment, even after registering.
- Once this has been completed you can then access supplier alliance member rates. If you wish to run a procurement you will also need to complete an Additional Client User Agreement (ACUA) form (in the documents section below) and return the document by email to CCS.
- CCS will issue a unique reference number on receipt of this form for your project or programme of works. This number must be referenced and included on all correspondence and communication with supplier alliance members. You will also need to state which procurement portal you will be using to ensure the suppliers are registered and can respond to your bid.
- When the supplier alliance member receives the ACUA reference number for your project they can bid on your invitation. Once contracts are exchanged, construction work will soon begin.
Choosing your contract
There are a variety of industry specific contracts offered to customers under this framework:
- NEC produces a diverse range of definitive end-to-end project management contracts that empower users to deliver projects: on time, on budget and to the required standards
- JCT produces a suite of standard forms of contract that set out the responsibilities of all parties within the construction process and their obligations; it is clear what work needs to be done, who is doing it, when are they doing it by, and for how much
- PPC2000 offers a single contractual hub, allowing all team members to ‘contract as a team’ on identical terms; aligning contractual project management processes with teamwork methods and behaviours
- TAC-1 supports and integrates the provision of any type or scale of works and/or services and/or supplies
- RM6088 Quick start guide
- RM6088 CCS CWAS framework alliance contract
- RM6088 Specification and annexes A to D
- RM6088 Standard boilerplate amendments
- RM6088 Additional client user agreement ACUA v2.6
- RM6088 Registration document
- RM6088 Award notification form v2.5
- RM6088 CWAS list of alliance members
- RM6088 How to join the CWAS KnowledgeHub
- RM6088 Customer user guide v2
- RM6088 List of contractors
- RM6088 Contracts finder documents