G F Tomlinson are celebrating their re-appointment as an approved partner for the new £7bn Department for Education 2021 Construction Framework, a four year framework for the delivery of both education and non-education projects in the public sector.

The framework supports the delivery of the Department for Education’s school building programmes, with an emphasis on achieving net zero carbon in operation.

Following a rigorous selection process, G F Tomlinson is one of only 26 contractors to be selected nationally, and will deliver projects valued between £0.5m and £6.0m across the East and West Midlands.

This is the third consecutive Department for Education framework the regional contractor has been appointed to since 2014. Over the last 8 years, the company has delivered more than £55m of new build and refurbished primary, secondary, SEND and alternative provision schools, providing 4,467 new pupil places across the Midlands.

The new framework will be available to local authorities, schools, academies, FE colleges, universities and other public bodies which provide educational facilities in England, whilst also being available to central government, including government agencies.

G F Tomlinson has a strong focus on sustainability and social value, and will deliver schemes which meet stringent framework targets for local spend/labour, apprenticeships, T Level placements and reducing waste and carbon emissions.

Chris Flint, managing director at G F Tomlinson, said: “We are proud to have been re-appointed to the 2021 Construction Framework which continues our long-association with the Department for Education and expands on our delivery of high quality education facilities across the Midlands.

“With our experienced and committed framework team, we are ideally placed to ensure the educational facilities delivered through the framework meet the immediate and long-term needs of users, providing safe, healthy and productive environments.

“The DfE framework places decarbonisation at the forefront of every scheme. Our standardised school solutions comply with the DfE’s Output Specification and meets the zero carbon requirements for new schools. We will work with the DfE, their Technical Advisors and the schools themselves to ensure schemes continue to respond to the climate emergency and achieve the Government’s net zero targets.

The contractor, which has offices in Derby, Newark and Birmingham, has celebrated a year of successful project delivery in the East and West Midlands having secured an impressive six industry awards.

The business also reports it has closed the year with a £9million contribution to social value initiatives created across its projects in 2021, and has successfully recycled 98% of its construction waste materials from project sites. The contractor has also proudly supported 25 apprentices in their careers this year.