SEWH framework overview

Welcome to SEWH - the South East & Mid Wales Collaborative Civil Engineering and Highways Construction Framework. Following on from its prior success as a collaborative construction framework, this is the third iteration of the civils and highways framework in Wales.

SEWH draws together the expertise of pre-qualified, experienced small, medium and large contractors to various civil engineering and highways construction works, including maintenance, surfacing and project work.

Its mission is to achieve best value arrangements for South East & Mid Wales through competitive procurement, whilst driving regeneration, continuous improvement and best practice.

Suppliers are encouraged to work together in a collaborative culture of shared objectives, processes and tools, that will significantly reduce the costs and paperwork previously associated with tendering; and result in fairer income distribution across suppliers small and large.

Core principles

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The framework is open to 10 local authorities, higher education bodies, further education colleges, health boards and housing associations in South East & Mid Wales. Previously, the framework was hosted by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and has been transferred to the City of Cardiff Council.

Cardiff Council is committed to socially responsible procurement and it is expected that buyers and suppliers on the framework will deliver social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing through:



community benefits



ethical employment

supporting SMEs

boosting the local economy

The SEWH3 framework commenced on 1st January 2019, for a period of 4 years and builds upon the existing framework.

To find out more about the benefits that the framework offers, including financial, efficiency, community and best practice benefits, click here.

Or read about past projects here.

The Framework Team

Chris McLellan

Framework Manager

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Chris has a broad Procurement background having spent 18 years in the private sector formerly working in various Strategic procurement roles for a number of FTSE100 organisations before joining the City of Cardiff Council 8 years ago. In his current role as Senior Category Manager, Chris leads the Corporate and Environment category teams within the Council’s Commissioning and Procurement department covering ICT, FM, Fleet, Construction, Professional Services with a spend in excess of £200mpa. Chris is also the South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction (SEWSCAP) and South East Wales Highways Construction (SEWH) Framework Manager.

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Kevin Shackson

Framework Manager

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Kevin has over 10 years’ experience of working within Cardiff Council’s Commissioning & Procurement Team. In his current role he is the Category Manager for Environment which involves the managing of a Team to deliver the Cardiff Council’s Environment portfolio (which covers Construction/Highways Material; Professional Services; Major Projects; Highways Infrastructure and Maintenance; Facilities Management; Waste Management; and Parks), as well as being a framework manager for two collaborative frameworks namely South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction (SEWSCAP) and South East Wales Highways Framework (SEWH).

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Penny Haywood

Procurement Officer

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Penny has over 5 years’ experience of working within the Public Sector. She has worked on high profile Professional Services procurements within Central Government and has extensive knowledge of implementing and utilising category management and eProcurement systems. In her current role as Senior Category Specialist in the Environment Team she covers; Highways Maintenance and Construction, Professional Services, Prefabricated and Temporary Buildings and Demolition for Cardiff Council, as well as being Procurement Officer for the two Collaborative Frameworks namely South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction (SEWSCAP) and South East and Mid Wales Highways Framework (SEWH).

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Gary Snoad-Jones

Procurement Officer

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Gary has 4 years’ experience of working within the Public Sector for Cardiff City Council. During this time he has worked on a large array of projects across a diverse range of categories as well as undertaking change initiatives and managing the Council’s eProcurement system. In his current role as Senior Category Specialist in the Environment Team he covers; Highways Maintenance and Construction, Parks and Grounds Maintenance, Traffic and Telematics, and Marine Services for Cardiff Council, as well as being Procurement Officer for the Collaborative Framework namely South East and Mid Wales Highways and Civil Engineering Framework (SEWH).

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Lloyd Davies

Framework Support Officer

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Lloyd has 2 years’ experience working in public sector for Cardiff City Council. In his current role as a Category Specialist, Lloyd works within the Environment team and has run a number of different procurements within the category. Lloyd has, through his academic studies and employment history, built strong experience of supplier relationship management and contract management.

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