GMI appointed to NEPO Framework


Honor Wilson Head of Marketing & Communications

GMI  has strengthened its presence in the North East after being appointed to the framework of the North East Purchasing Organisation (NEPO).

This national framework enables the independent business to tender for public sector contracts awarded each year by the procurement group on behalf of the region’s 12 local authorities.

GMI, which recently moved to larger offices on Teesside, was successful in each of the four lots of approved contractors that it applied for: North East £5m to £10m; National £5m to £10m; North East over £10m and National over £10m.

The construction framework offers public sector buyers the reassurance that those selected have been pre-assessed for experience and technical and professional ability. It also features pre-agreed terms and conditions and cost ceilings.

GMI, one of the largest independent construction companies in the North of England and Midlands, has a growing portfolio of public and private clients across multiple sectors – with projects ranging from major industrial, manufacturing and logistics units to hotels, offices, retail centres, and student accommodation.

In the North East, it has delivered a 12,000 sq. ft office for the Department of Work & Pensions in South Shields and was principal contractor on the £12m Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (CESAM) at the International Manufacturing Park (IAMP), a joint venture between Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council.

Current projects include the first £30m phase of Hillthorn Business Park near Sunderland and the 650,000 sq. ft Connect warehouse and logistics development at J61 of the A1(M) at Bowburn.

Gary Oates, GMI’s Divisional Managing Director North East, said: “GMI’s inclusion in the NEPO framework underlines its position as a trusted and dependable public sector construction partner.

“It strengthens our ability to secure public sector work, which will contribute to our expanding pipeline of work in the North East. It also increases our ability to further contribute to the levelling up process.

“GMI remain committed to using local contractors and suppliers whenever possible, which brings additional benefits to the regional economy.”

In April this year, GMI secured a place on Pagabo’s national £1bn medium works framework, which allows it to be considered for medium-sized public sector construction projects valued up to £10m.