Place awarded on £76.9 million Cadent purchasing framework


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October 19, 2022

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded a place on the new high-value Cadent Gas Multi-Activity Framework (MAF) for Civil and Mechanical construction works.

The new multi-million-pound purchasing framework kicked off in May 2022 and will run over 4 years with Cadent having the option to extend this by a further 2 years.

To win a place on the framework, Rayden underwent an in-depth tendering process taking over 6 months to complete. This included a number of progressive knockout stages that filtered down the most suitable applicants for shortlisting before culminating in a final supplier evaluation– a full day of company presentations and evidence-based assessments.

As you’d expect with such a prestigious framework, there were a large number of applicants tendering and competition was extremely intense.


Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution company managing a network of more than 131,000 km of pipelines and supporting infrastructure which transports gas to 11 million customers nationwide.

They own and operate 4 out of the 8 UK Regional Gas Distribution Networks. This covers the Eastern (includes East Midlands & East of England), London, Northwest and West Midlands regions of England.

Cadent are required to maintain the Local Transmission System (LTS) which is the backbone of the UK energy network. This plays a vital role in the transmission and distribution of gas to customers transporting large volumes through a network of high-pressure Pipelines and Above Ground Installations (AGIs) nationwide.


Run by Cadent’s Operate & Maintain (O&M) Teams, the new Multi-Activity Framework (MAF) will replace work previously procured through other standalone channels and purchasing systems.

The framework will provide a central procurement point for all 4 Cadent regional networks and is open to all departments within the company.

Cadent are regulated by OFGEM and along with other UK gas distributors, previously procured work through the RIIO 2 framework. MAF expects to replace about 70% of this workload and is estimated to be valued at around £76.9m in total.

Work includes a wide range of maintenance, repair and upgrades to this critical national infrastructure and is split into 4 lots:

  1. Small-scale multi-disciplined projects
  2. Civil Construction related projects,
  3. Mechanical Construction related projects,
  4. Cathodic Protection projects

Rayden only tendered for lots 1 to 3 and were successful on all counts, as well as being selected to work for all 4 Cadent regional networks nationwide.

Future work will be won through mini competitions or awarded directly by contract call off.

Projects are estimated to be worth in the region of £50K to £5m.

“I’m really proud of the team who endured an intense tender process with some very stiff competition. To win a place on this highly lucrative purchasing framework is testament to their skills and capabilities within the industry.

We look forward to becoming a key partner of Cadent and collaborating with them further on future projects.”


Rayden Engineering Ltd have already been awarded their first contract from the framework and will be mobilising to start work on the West Midlands Governor Improvement Programme in the near future.