WSP has been commissioned to two multi-disciplinary sections of the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) Framework which provides a collaborative approach to procurement across the region.

The business will remain on the framework for the next four years - until 2021 - and will be part of the building construction related service and the transport and civil engineering service sections.

The North East Procurement Organisation was established more than 30 years ago, in 1976 and supports the region to undertake procurement in major strategic areas in conjunction with north east local authorities and a range of associate members.

 Latest figures indicate that the north east economy is worth £50bn annually and WSP as part of the NEPO Framework aims to support this budding economy by acting as a centre of expertise for the region’s procurement profession and delivery of financial savings to the public sector.

WSP, a UK leading professional services and engineering consultancy has offices based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with 289 staff and Middlesbrough with 82 staff.  It will provide the following services on the framework:

- Highways
- Asset Management
- Flood, Coastal and Marine
- Ecology
- Housing
- Architectural Services
- M&E Services
- Project management
- Transport Planning
- Building Surveyor Services
- Structural Engineering
- Highway Structures
- Planning
- Building commercial management
- Engineering commercial management

This framework is available for use by local authorities, government bodies (and their Agencies), emergency services including coastguard services, educational establishments, NHS bodies, public bodies, registered charities and registered social landlords.

David Pluse, Associate Director at WSP said: “This commission builds on our delivery under the previous framework and allows us to continue supporting the economic growth of the region and improving the quality of people’s lives right across the north east.

“WSP has international experience but with offices across the north east we have the local insight to be able to provide innovative world-class expertise on important projects within the region.”

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