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DfE Contractor of the Year Award presentation

Picture shows us receiving our DfE Contractor of the Year Award

Energy House 2.0

Energy House 2.0 - the first research facility of its type in the world. Procured through the North West Construction Hub Framework

The Catalyst Building

The multi-award-winning Catalyst Building procured through the North East Universities Procurement Consortium Framework

Bolder Academy, Isleworth

Bolder Academy - handed over 13 weeks early. Procured through the DfE Contractors Framework.

Thames Park School, Essex

One of the first schools to be built via the DfE's MMC Framework.

Public & Private Sector Frameworks form an integral part of our business.

As a financially secure family company we are pleased to be adding value to frameworks with a value in excess of £40bn over their lifetime.

Our success on becoming an award-winning framework member is based on our commitment to customer satisfaction.

These National and Regional Frameworks include:

Department for Education Contractors Framework, Department for Education Modern Methods of Construction (Offsite Construction), Crown Commercial Services, NHS Shared Business Services, Yorbuild, North West Construction Hub, Procure North West Contractor Framework, University of Warwick Contractors Framework, North East Universities Purchasing Consortium and Manchester Airports Group.

Our frameworks are managed nationally to ensure consistency of approach and delivered locally to ensure that social value is maximised and sustained.

We have more than 500 staff with framework experience who are supported nationally by our expert, long term supply chain which includes SMEs

As a pro-active framework member will offer:

Our National Frameworks Team is led by Main Board Director, Chris Arno and Framework Director, James Vaux Anderson.


Chris Arno

Chris joined B+K in 1999 and is a focused, motivated professional with more than 30 years experience of adding value to clients’ requirements in both the public and private sectors.

Since 2013 he has led our National Frameworks Team at Bowmer + Kirkland and although he was promoted to th Main Board in 2023, he retains responsibility for the team’s performance.

He has a detailed positive approach, working closely with framework providers, framework users and our expert integrated supply chain to ensure that the objectives set out in the project brief are successfully achieved.

Chris is committed to monitoring, managing and challenging performance across all our frameworks, promoting good behaviour, innovation, best practice, and collaboration that also ensures that all projects are successfully delivered to the highest level of quality within the framework and to project timescales and on budget.

James Vaux Anderson

James has more than 18 years’ experience of successfully delivering more than £2.4bn of projects through frameworks, whilst ensuring that 100% of these projects were delivered both to time and cost.

He joined Bowmer + Kirkland in 2014 as joint leader of our Frameworks Team with Chris.

James is a thorough leader and is responsible for all operational, commercial and technical requirements of our framework clients.

He has led on the development of both our framework commercial processes – ‘Key2Commercial’ – and ‘Configure’ –  our offsite solution.

He is currently leading on Net Zero Carbon (NZC) across all our frameworks.

James ensures we deliver a consistent approach to our financial processes offering leadership, training and sharing best practice across all our frameworks.

He is accountable to the main board for all commercial matters and developing our framework offer.

Key Framework People

Chris and James are supported by our core framework team of Chris Shaw, Steve Green, Jamie Rowlett, Joe Slater, Seya Tansill and our regional framework managers in our five regional offices located in the North East, North West, North Midlands and Yorkshire, East Midlands and Southern.

Awards for our framework projects:

We were honoured to be named Contractor of the Year by the DfE on the Contractors Framework in the high-value band awards in recognition of our approach, culture and success in bidding and delivering schemes. We are also the DfE’s KPI Ranked No1 contractor for both Traditional and Offsite Frameworks.

Click on the frameworks below for a selection of example projects:

In January 2020, the DfE launched the £3bn Offsite Framework, also known as the Modern Methods of Construction (MMC1) Framework. It is the next step in the evolution of school buildings and uses the next generation in standardised school design. It can be used for procurement by local authorities, dioceses and academy trusts.

The construction framework is available to local authorities, schools, academies, FE colleges, universities, and other public bodies which provide educational and ancillary community facilities in England. The construction framework may also be used by other contracting authorities for the purposes of delivering their requirements in terms of wider publicly funded non-education buildings in England.

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) is one of eight UK Higher Education purchasing consortia (UKUPC) established to deliver and manage a wide range of collaborative framework agreements, designed to maximise third party expenditure within the higher education sector. Utilising a partnership approach, NEUPC provides collaborative procurement expertise, guidance and agreements that are aligned to, and actively support members’ needs, values and objectives. As a non profit making operation our sole motivation is to maximise institutions resources and that of the wider public sector.

This framework is designed to ensure competitive pricing, drive savings and improve efficiencies. It is available to all public sector organisations including NHS, local authorities, educational establishments, the emergency services and others

CCS Construction Works and Associated Services Framework delivers a wide range of major and minor building and civil engineering projects for central government and the wider public sector. It enables public sector organisations and their arm’s-length bodies to access all types of building and civil engineering works. The Framework runs from October 2019 until October 2026

Procure 23 (P23) is the fourth generation of the Procure Framework for the design and construction of NHS capital projects, with an expected cumulative spend of £9bn during its lifespan. P23 enables NHS clients to quickly access experienced and proficient partners to support excellence and all aspects of NHS capital project delivery. P23 complies with the UK Government's Outsourcing and Construction Playbooks.

The North West Construction Hub Framework second iteration announced in December 2022, covers the areas of Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Chesire. It is successful because it engenders long-term relationships between clients, professionals and contractors with shared objectives and common values. The result is less waste, less duplication, local engagement and greater efficiency - all generating better value for money. We are on two lots - £8m-£25m and £25m+

The Procure Partnerships North West Framework pushes the boundaries of how procurement can support public sector bodies to deliver their strategic targets. As well as helping to facilitate collaboration and innovation to deliver projects that will meet the changing needs of the built environment and support ambitions to build back better, the framework will be structured to enable the delivery of meaningful social value, benefitting our communities, our environment and helping to protect the future of the industry through enhanced upskilling and training. We are on Lot 5 – projects £30m+.