With more than 50 years of building material experience, our expert team is here to help

Your buying decisions have the power to drive how effective and efficient your building materials are. That’s why we’re developing new and innovative solutions so that our Building Materials and Equipment framework meets the needs of the entire public sector.

We offer the biggest construction frameworks in the country with flexible procurement and contract options. Our frameworks help to deliver industry change in support of the government’s construction strategy. To help both customers and suppliers, our expert team is on hand with more than 50 years of industry experience across multiple sectors and tiers of the supply chain.  

Our construction frameworks provide value for money solutions. We also charge the lowest levy to suppliers and invest this income back into the public sector to support the government’s plans.  

Watch the short video to find out more about our Building Materials and Equipment framework. You can also view the transcript.

Why choose our Building Materials and Equipment framework?

This framework is available to all public sector organisations including  government departments and devolved administrations. The benefits of this framework include:

  • fast and flexible: speed of access to market, providing choice and flexibility of different contract types
  • standard boilerplate amendments for central government: this ensures consistent implementation of the latest government policies and to reduce the need for unnecessary drafting, creating a more efficient standardised approach
  • construction products regulator: the newly established construction products regulator has also been taken into consideration and provision made within the framework to adopt their recommendations
  • success measures: the contract includes agreed “success measures against which supplier performance will be measured at framework level. You can also adopt the template project level success measures which can be amended or supplemented to suit your requirements
  • contract management: we actively manage framework performance and fulfil the role of alliance manager on each lot to ensure continuous service improvement
  • social value: we put a strong focus on social value, and you can use the National themes, outcomes and measures (TOMS) Framework to measure outcomes
  • sustainability: supplier focus on the government’s strategic priorities related to the environment such as the Greening Government Commitments Strategy
  • evolving core list of products: the core list of products will be regularly reviewed with suppliers so that it reflects developments in the market and customer demand.  This core list is also available through the Government eMarketplace
  • advanced alliance capability: brings together industry with the end user to promote collaborative working practices


Framework Alliance Contract

Building Materials and Equipment is a Framework Alliance Contract (FAC-1), which prioritises collaboration, early contractor engagement and performance management. This reduces costs, shortens project timescales and reduces health and safety incidents on sites.

It supports the principles of the Government’s Construction Playbook to drive maximum efficiency from public sector contracts, while ensuring the sustainability and improvement of the construction industry.

Under FAC-1, subcontractors have to sign up to the main supplier’s terms and conditions, increasing transparency and peace of mind for public sector customers. It also allows customers to select different suppliers to work collaboratively, with shared success factors, to deliver efficiencies at project and programme level.

Through FAC-1, we aim to encourage more collaborative working and partnering, to safely deliver innovation to our customers, on time and to budget.

Become an Alliance Member

How to access our framework

To use our framework you must become an Alliance Member. There is no joining fee and no commitment or obligation to procure from the Framework Alliance Contract.

This framework will run for 4 years with no option to extend. A total of 36 suppliers have been awarded across 9 lots:

Lot 1: heavy building materials and one stop shop

Lot 2: plumbing, heating and bathrooms

Lot 3: electrical products

Lot 4: paints and solvents

Lot 5: flooring

Lot 6: kitchens (domestic)

Lot 7: personal protective equipment (workwear, general and specialist)

Lot 8: building and construction tools and equipment – purchase

Lot 9: building and construction tools and equipment – hire

Visit the framework page.

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Knowledge is power - blogs, whitepapers, webinars and brochures

Our construction team has used their deep category knowledge to create a wealth of resources for the public and third sector. Explore the resources below to find out how we can help you find the right procurement solutions for your organisation.

Brochures (2 )

  1. Construction

    pdf, 2.99 MB

  2. CWAS:P23 brochure

    pdf, 1.97 MB

Whitepapers (1 )

  1. modular building

    Modular Buildings and Modern Methods of Construction

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Webinars (3 )

  1. Building Materials and Equipment framework - quick start guide

    This video provides an overview of how we support our customers to achieve value for money for Building Materials & Equipment.

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  2. construction worker and business man handshake

    How to become an Alliance Member and use our construction frameworks

    This video is for buyers interested in becoming an alliance member to use our construction frameworks.

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  3. 3 people meeting to discuss the architecture and construction of a building

    An introduction to strategic alliances

    This video provides an overview of strategic alliances and how they are incorporated into our construction frameworks.

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