CEF Framework Contractors


Bilfinger Ireland Group

Bouygues Energies & Services

Breathe Energy

British Gas





Energy Services Partnership


Finning (UK) Ltd






Vital Energi

The CEF Framework

An energy infrastructure upgrade project in the NSS is a substantial undertaking, we are talking of upgrading the main engineering infrastructure of a living hospital, with people's lives and health at stake. To carry out, what we call "open heart surgery", on a hospital energy facility requires considerable care and expertise.

Whilst Trusts can and do, try and manage such projects themselves under some kind of a works or P21 contract, an effective energy infrastructure upgrade requires different skills and expertise from people who do this work all the time. The best outcomes are from specialist contractors who know they are going to have to guarantee the availability, efficiency and savings for the life of the installation - which might be 15 or 25 years. The annual estates data returns show year after year that such Energy Services Performance contracts outperform the rest of the NHS by about 50%.

Whilst the procurement of an energy project is an important part of the project, a good result comes down to having the right contractor, the right contract, and the right specialist support throughout the contract period. All this is written into the CEF framework. The CEF framework and procurement documentation provides a contractual web that ensures that Trusts get the right contractor and that that performance can be guaranteed, measured and verified, and that there are sanctions under the contract and the framework for contractors who do not perform - for the life of the contract. Should contractors cross the CEFS, they will find themselves assailed by the CEF technical, procurement and legal teams at any point in the procurement, installation or operational stages of the project until the matter is resolved. We even monitor decommissioning of redundant plant at the end.

An energy upgrade for a hospital costs on average £3m. To procure this under an energy services performance contract requires an OJEU advertisement, normally under the competitive dialogue procedure. Such a procurement takes approximately 18 months, and is expensive for both the Trust and the Bidders. The Carbon and Energy Fund has procured a framework of proven contractors, which includes all the proven providers to the NHS, thereby saving Health Boards and Trusts over a year in time, all the associated fees, and saves the need to go to OJEU at all. CEFS actively manage the framework, so framework bidders get feedback at all times, to ensure that they produce their best for CEFS members.

The Carbon and Energy Fund framework contains 10 companies that have passed a strict capability, competence and financial check. Most of the framework bidders have delivered successful energy infrastructure upgrade projects for NHS Trusts, and most have now won projects under the CEF and all have Scottish subsidiaries or partners for CEFS projects. The CEF is planning to re-procure the framework in 2013 to bring more contractors to the framework, as the established players have all won business under the CEF, and the newer contractors have all developed expertise and are winning CEF projects.

Health Boards and Trusts joining the Carbon and Energy Fund Scotland, will get full use and access to all the CEF procurement, technical and legal documentation, as well as an efficient mini-competition process based on proven NHS process and CEF legal guidance, all supported from Scotland, starting at HFS. This page provides links to the contractor websites so that Health Boards and Trusts can do their own review.



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The CEF Framework

The CEF Framework