25 firms win spots on £290m construction framework

Some 25 contractors and consultants have won places on a £290m framework to provide refurbishments and new buildings, including some using modular techniques, for up to 300 youth centres.

Fusion 21 has named 25 firms, including E.W. Beard, Wernick Buildings and Pick Everard. The Department backs the framework for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports.

Open to registered charities, social enterprises, local authorities and others in targeted areas across the country; the Youth Investment Fund Phase 2 (YIF2) aims to provide new and redeveloped sustainable facilities to increase the number of young people taking part in regular, positive activities.

The framework is set up to include the full provision of building refurbishment, new-build construction, modular buildings and consultancy services, split over four lots.

At the time of the framework’s launch, Fusion21 chief executive Dave Neilson said: “As champions of positive social change, we’re proud to be supporting SIB [Social Investment Business] with the delivery of this significant contract, designed to make a lasting difference to young people and communities across the country.

“Many of the local authorities identified as eligible for funding are already Fusion 21 members, and with our track record of delivering the social value you can see in every project, we will ensure the contract maximises, monitors and measures social value outcomes in addition to procurement efficiencies.”

The contract started on 1 February and runs until 31 January 2026.