Sewell Construction awarded place on £750m Fusion21 Decarbonisation Framework

Following a competitive tender process Yorkshire-based construction company, Sewell Construction, has secured a place on the £750million Fusion21 Decarbonisation Framework.

The four-year framework, structured across two lots, has been developed to support public sector organisations in the design and delivery of energy efficiency measures, combining contracts that can deliver thermal fabric improvements, heating and renewables, power and building management systems.

Sewell Construction has been appointed to lot two, covering the North East and Yorkshire. Worth up to £250million, this lot focuses on the decarbonisation of public and education buildings.

Sewell Construction Joint Managing Director, Chris Soper said:

“As one of only eighteen suppliers nationally to be appointed on lot two of the framework, we’re delighted to be recognised for our efforts in supporting the national agenda to become net zero by 2050.

“Won by competitive tender, we were able to demonstrate our capabilities and commitment to decarbonisation and delivering sustainability across our breadth of projects across the region. 99.5% waste is diverted from landfill, over 100 trees have been planted, and our focus is on minimizing consumption and production during the delivery of products and services, as well as delivering off-set initiatives to counteract any negative impacts, to name just a few.

“This framework will help us build upon our already proven track record of delivering intelligent sustainable solutions for our public sector partners and is crucial to our wider businesses sustainability agenda. “

Sewell Construction has been operating across the Yorkshire and Humber region for over 140 years and is part of Sewell Estates, which delivers investments, developments, estates planning and facilities management solutions for public and private sector customers.

The Sewell Estates collective of businesses also includes West-Yorkshire based construction company Illingworth and Gregory, Sewell Investments, Sewell Facilities Management, Shared Agenda, Parallel and the latest investment, Community Ventured Ltd.

The Fusion21 framework provides geographical coverage across the UK down to a regional and local level, with the option to deliver social value to communities aligned to each suppliers’ organisational priorities.

Sewell Construction has been in the limelight over recent years for its social value efforts, most recently having won a Queens Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity in 2021.

Joint Managing Director Mark Boothby added:

“At Sewell we’ve always believed in doing the right thing by the economy, by our partners, and by the communities we serve, and have a dedicated Community Investment Champion to drive our mission to the cause forward.

“We have a ‘look-local-first’ policy when it comes to both employment and contractor arrangements, by maximising expenditure within our region and supporting the development of the people within it by ensuring the pound spent by clients is reinvested into the community.

“All this work is aligned to national TOMs and tailored around each individual construction programme, and now with the Fusion21 Framework we can continue to work together to raise aspirations and create safe, healthy communities that thrive.”

The Framework is aimed at public sector clients who are working towards Net Zero Carbon by 2050 to their non-domestic buildings with a prequalified supply chain to deliver energy efficient measures, this includes corporate assets and schools, colleges, universities, and academy trusts. The target for non-domestic buildings in the UK is to achieve performance rating band C by 2030, this Framework is designed to assist public sector users in the delivery of this target.

Fusion21 awarded spots to 50 main contractors and specialists at the start of the year, with appointed suppliers committed to working to the new energy retrofit specification PAS2038:2021 standard, and Trustmark accredited.

Other key benefits of the Fusion21 Framework:

  • Compatible with public sector decarbonisation scheme funding
  • Geographical coverage across the UK (regional and local level)
  • Direct award and further competition call-off options
  • Supports members to deliver social value aligned to organisational priorities
  • Support from our team of technical procurement experts
  • Whether incorporated into existing asset management strategies or applied to complex multi-measure schemes, this framework will help develop a net zero roadmap, reducing emissions and maximising cost savings.