We solve construction procurement problems through our suite of Construction Frameworks.

The Frameworks are successful because lowest price tendering is replaced with long-term relationships between clients, professionals and contractors, formed around shared objectives and common values.

Collaborative working at its best! The result is less waste, less duplication, local engagement and greater efficiency & all generating better value for money.

The NWCH vision:

"Transforming project delivery and reshaping best practice in construction procurement"

We offer three Construction Frameworks:

High Value £8m+

EU REF No.2023/S 000-000077

Medium Value £3m-£8m

EU REF No.2019/S 170-414644

Low Value £500k-£3m

EU REF No. 2020/S 018-038573

The NWCH was established in 2009 in response to Central Government’s drive to improve efficiencies within the public sector.

It is led by a Board comprising of representatives from public sector organisations across the North West. The legal entity behind NWCH is Manchester City Council.



How much does it cost to use the framework?

The client does not pay the NWCH to use the Frameworks. The Framework Management fee is recovered from the Constructor Partner upon appointment to a project. This was part of their competitively tendered overheads percentage.

What is the process to procure a contractor?

A mini-competition is held with Constructor Partners who have confirmed they have capacity and capability to deliver the scheme. This is issued by the Client, with support from the NWCH team.

As a consultant, why should I recommend the framework?

The Frameworks offer a quick and efficient route to Contractors. With Construct Only projects, the client continues to employ the design team, and with Design and Build, the contractor will employ a design team. The design team can form part of the mini-competition.

What forms of contract can be used?

Any collaborative and partnering Contract can be used.

Why would the framework offer better value for money than going to the open market?

The Constructor Partners were selected after a rigorous process which included both price and quality. Overhead and profit rates were competitive at the time and in a rising market will become more so. Open book accounting principles ensure that competitive best value rates are obtained on subcontractor packages.

Which contractors are on the frameworks?

Click here to go to the information on each of the three Frameworks

How do I start the process?

Contact the NWCH team and sign the Agreement. You are immediately able to start using the Frameworks.

Who can use the frameworks?

Prospective Framework users are as follows:

Local Authorities - Cheshire - Cheshire East Council - Cheshire West and Chester Council - Halton Borough Council - Warrington Borough Council; Cumbria - Allerdale Borough Council - Copeland Borough Council - Barrow in Furness Borough Council - Carlisle City Council - Cumbria County Council - Eden District Council - South Lakeland District Council; Greater Manchester - Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council - Bury Metropolitan Borough Council - Manchester City Council – Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council - Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council - Salford City Council – Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council - Trafford Metropolitan Borough - Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council; Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – Blackpool Borough Council - Burnley Borough Council - Chorley Borough Council - Fylde Borough Council – Hyndburn Borough Council - Lancashire County Council - Lancaster City Council - Pendle Borough Council – Preston City Council - Ribble Valley Borough Council - Rossendale Borough Council - South Ribble Borough Council - West Lancashire Borough Council - Wyre Borough Council; Merseyside - Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council - Liverpool City Council - Sefton Council - St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council - Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council; Police Authorities - Cumbria Police Authority - Lancashire Police Authority - Merseyside Police Authority - Greater Manchester Police Authority - Cheshire Police Authority Fire and Rescue - Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service - Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service - Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service - Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service - Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service NHS organisations in the North West area Primary care trusts - Aston, Leigh and Wigan PCT - Blackburn with Darwen Teaching PCT – Blackpool PCT - Bolton PCT - Bury PCT - Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT - Central Lancashire PCT - Cumbria PCT - East Lancashire PCT - Halton and St Helens PCT - Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT - Knowsley PCT - Liverpool PCT - Manchester PCT - North Lancashire Teaching PCT - Oldham PCT - Salford PCT – Sefton PCT - Stockport PCT - Tameside and Glossop PCT - Trafford PCT - Warrington PCT - Western Cheshire PCT - Wirral PCT Acute trusts - Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust - Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust - Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals Trust - Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology - Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - East Cheshire NHS Trust - East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust - Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust – North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust - North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust - Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust - Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust - Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust - St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust - Stockport NHS Foundation Trust - Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Cardiothoracic Centre - Liverpool NHS Trust - The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust - Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust - University Hospital Of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust - University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust - Walton Centre For Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust - Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust Mental health and care trusts – 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust - Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust – Calderstones NHS Trust - Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust - Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust - Lancashire Care NHS Trust - Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust - Mersey Care Trust - Pennine Care NHS Trust Ambulance trust - North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Lake District National Park; Higher Education Institutions - University of Bolton - University of Central Lancashire - University of Chester - University of Cumbria - Edge Hill University - Lancaster University - Liverpool Hope University - Liverpool John Moores University - University of Liverpool - Manchester Business School - Manchester Metropolitan University – The University of Manchester - Open University - Royal Northern College of Music - University of Salford; Further Education Colleges Cheshire - Macclesfield College - Mid-Cheshire College - Priestley College – Reaseheath College - Riverside College Halton - Sir John Deane's College - South Cheshire College - Stockport College of Further and Higher Education - Warrington Collegiate Institute - West Cheshire College - Widnes and Runcorn Sixth Form College Cumbria - Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College - Carlisle College - Furness College - Kendal College - Lakes College West Cumbria Greater Manchester - Aquinas College - Ashton College - Bolton Community College - Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College - Eccles College - Holy Cross College - Hopwood Hall College - Loreto College - Manchester College of Arts and Technology - City College Manchester - North Area College - North Trafford College of Further Education - Oldham College - Oldham Sixth Form College - Pendleton College - Salford College - South Trafford College - St John Rigby College – Tameside College - The Cooperative College - Wigan and Leigh College - Xaverian College Lancashire - Accrington and Rossendale College - Adult College Lancaster, The - Blackburn College - The Blackpool Sixth Form College - Blackpool and The Fylde College - Burnley College - Bury College - Cardinal Newman College – Huddersfield New College - Lancaster and Morecambe College - Myerscough College - Nelson and Colne College – Preston College - Runshaw College - Skelmersdale and Ormskirk Colleges - St Mary's College, Blackburn – Winstanley College Merseyside - Birkenhead Sixth Form College - Carmel College - Hugh Baird College - King George V College - Knowsley Community College - Liverpool Community College - Southport College - St Helens College - Wirral Metropolitan College; Transport - Transport for Greater Manchester - Mersey Travel - Manchester Airport - Lancashire constabulary - Cheshire constabulary – Education and Skills Funding Agency - Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Home office.

This list is available to download as a document titled 'Framework Users' in the Publications section on the following link.


We invite clients to regular meetings to discuss a range of topics and encourage feedback. Our constructor partners lead on a number of Special Interest Groups all of which are focussed on improving performance and services.

Our client base has developed over the lifetime of the frameworks and now includes Local Authorities, Local Government, Blue Light Authorities, Universities and Colleges, NHS Foundation Trusts, Housing Trusts, Transport Boards, Free Schools and Academies.

We understand the importance of peer recommendation, and refer new clients to existing clients if requested.


Home at First Street

The new £24m centre boasts a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat flexible studio space, a 500m2 gallery, five cinema screens, digital production and broadcast facilities, a café bar and restaurants.

Home at First Street

The new £24m centre boasts a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat flexible studio space, a 500m2 gallery, five cinema screens, digital production and broadcast facilities, a café bar and restaurants.

Home at First Street

The new £24m centre boasts a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat flexible studio space, a 500m2 gallery, five cinema screens, digital production and broadcast facilities, a café bar and restaurants.

Home at First Street

The new £24m centre boasts a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat flexible studio space, a 500m2 gallery, five cinema screens, digital production and broadcast facilities, a café bar and restaurants.