Essex County Council’s £400m construction programme will include BAM Construction, the historic firm that recently built the new multi-storey car park at Stansted Airport.

The Essex Construction Framework 2 (ECF2) comes into force this month (March 2020). The first version of the framework has been responsible for £200m of work over the previous four years.

More than 40 contractors applied for places on the ECF2 which will last for the next four years.

BAM built its first scheme in Essex in 1879, and is known as one of the UK’s leading education contractors, having been named “contractor of the year” at the recent Education Estates Conference. It was also given the Department for Education’s first safety award.

BAM’s team are allowed to tender for projects valued over £4m, along with seven other contractors.

Darren Birch, BAM’s Framework Manager, said:

“We look forward to working with the Essex framework’s team; sharing knowledge, best practice and lessons learned to help drive continuous improvement for all of us. A major aspect of the framework is meeting the demand for new school places, which our experience, collaborative approach and expertise are highly suited to. The framework will be a brilliant way to boost not only the county’s educational facilities, but to use the opportunity that construction brings to improve the lives of others along the way.”

BAM’s education work in the county includes Harlow UTC (University Technical College). Other schemes include the highly regarded Cardiothoracic Centre in Basildon.