Civil engineering company wins place on £400m national framework

Pre-contracts manager Brian Barton (left) and pre-construction director Peter Howard (right).

A Yorkshire civil engineering firm has been awarded several places on the North East Procurement Organisation’s (NEPO) Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Works framework agreement.

Out of 13 potential lots, Leeds-based company Howard Civil Engineering has placed on four separate lots up to £3m and is a reserve contractor on two lots up to £5m.

The NEPO211 Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Works, developed by Sunderland City Council, is a £400m national framework featuring 26 contractors from across the country with an emphasis on works in the North East region of England.

This framework will allow Howard Civil Engineering to tender for public realm, highway structures, drainage, marine, coastal, and river works across local authorities within the North East region.

Howard Civil Engineering has previously delivered projects in the public realm across the Yorkshire region. Recently, the company has completed improvement works on Hard Ings Road in Keighley for Bradford Council and infrastructure works to reconstruct two bridges at Cogden Beck for North Yorkshire County Council.

Pre-contracts manager Brian Barton spearheaded Howard Civil Engineering’s application for the NEPO framework and is thrilled with the outcome.

‘Needless to say, I am delighted to have played a key role in securing Howard Civil Engineering’s first framework award, fulfilling the faith that the directors and the rest of the team at Howard Civil Engineering placed in me,’ said Brian. ‘Let us hope this is a platform for more future success!’

Michael Howard, managing director at Howard Civil Engineering, echoed Brian’s comment: “There has been a lot of time, hard work and energy gone into achieving our first framework,” he said. “This is a huge credit to the team at Howard Civil Engineering who have persisted with this goal and I am excited to see where this new venture takes us.”

Established in 1976, NEPO undertakes high-value procurement in major strategic areas of spend in conjunction with North East local authorities and a range of associate members.