Newcastle council is adopting a partnering framework for its £60m annual building programme.
The council has issued an invitation to tender advertisement to contractors, architects and consultants to partner with the council for between five and seven years.

While council staff are uncertain how many firms will be selected for the framework, they are looking to bidders to suggest ideas for how a partnership would work.

Council procurement legal officer Rachel Hill said: "We are going out to the market and asking them what they can do for us. We are looking at new forms of contractual arrangement."

The council decided to move to a partnering framework following the conclusions of a best-value study conducted by council officers.

Deadline for expressions of interest is the end of October. A longlist of firms is unlikely to be drawn up until next February.

In the recent advertisement, the council said: "The successful organisations will be those whose values and work culture complement those of the authority – embracing customer focus and with a commitment to quality, sustainability and continuous improvement."

The council's construction work is divided into several areas. About 40% of capital expenditure is in housing, 20% is in education, 10% in social services and 10% in community facilities. Museums, libraries and civic buildings make up the rest.