Property contractors and consultants
Hertfordshire County Council has a Property Works Frameworks and a new Consultancy Property Framework. They provide the Authority, and a number of other local public sector bodies including schools, with access to a wide range of property maintenance, management and construction services.
The Property Works Framework is split into specific lots which include:
- property works framework – asbestos removal; roofing; window walling, heating, cooling, ventilation systems and electrical systems; refurbishments; extensions.
The Property Consultancy Framework is split into specific lots which include:
- property consultancy framework - asbestos analytical services, planning, highways advice, multi-disciplinary services and cost consultancy.
Framework use liability
Whilst the frameworks will offer a relatively safe environment for procurement of works or services when compared to the open market, service provision is not risk free. Schools and governing bodies need to be aware that the award or calling-off of works or services from a Framework, following mini-competition, is the point at which a contractual relationship is made between the schools or governing body and the contractor. Therefore, the liability for any risks associated with an award or call-off sits solely with the schools or governing body and the contractor.
Consultancy contracts and services
All schools are advised to have in place a contract with a property consultant to provide professional advice to the school in respect of any building related issues. The Property Frameworks will offer schools the option to obtain consultancy advice.
If you have any questions about these changes and how they may affect you, please contact the Design and Capital Delivery Team.