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Construction Tenders | UK & RoI

Tenders Direct is your go-to source of construction tenders and bid support.

Between 2022-23, there were 21,886 construction-related tenders published across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

UK & RoI Construction Tenders 2022-23

  • 17% – Civil Engineering 
  • 16% – Building Refurbishment 
  • 13% – Interior Works 
  • 12% – Building Services 
  • 12% – Exterior Works 
  • 10% – Landscaping 
  • 10% – Professional Services 
  • 6% – New Build Construction  
  • 4% – Building Maintenance 

76% of these opportunities were Low-value, which is great news for SMEs. Low-value tenders have fewer restrictions than High-value tenders, making them easier to bid for.

Whether you are a civil engineer, building contractor, landscaper, or anyone else working within the construction industry, we can match you to the right tenders for your skills and expertise. The keyword filters below can be used to see what types of contracts are available for your business.

Tip: looking at expired notices will allow you to see buyer requirements and learn about the market.

Construction Tenders FAQs

To win construction tenders, you need to prepare high-quality bids that demonstrate your suitability, experience, and value for money. Here are some tips to help you win construction tenders: 

  1. Research the buyer and the project to understand their needs, expectations, and objectives. The Construction Playbook gives you a good idea of what buyers will be looking for. 
  2. Tailor your bids to match the requirements stated, showing how you can meet or exceed them. Pay close attention to the award criteria and develop a suitable pricing strategy. 
  3. Present a professional and clear proposal. Use concise language, avoid jargon, and always proofread your bid for errors. Buyers will likely provide instructions on formatting, and but you can always enhance the readability of your bids with headings, bullet points, tables, charts, and images.  
  4. Learn about best practices from colleagues, online resources, our Knowledge Hub, or one of our Training Courses. 

To tender for construction contracts, you need to follow a series of steps that involve finding the right opportunity, preparing your response, and then submitting your bid. We have created an easy to follow 9-step guide for the tendering process, and you can use this as a foundation for all of your tendering activity.

There are many ways to find construction tenders online, and the accuracy of each can vary significantly. You can use search engines, public procurement websites, or tendering portals like Tenders Direct (the UK’s most accurate) to find suitable contracts for your business.  
You can take advantage of Tenders Direct’s FREE Market Overview to receive a personalised report – detailing the number of opportunities you could be bidding for, and which keywords we recommend exploring.

There is no definitive answer to what are your chances of winning a construction tender, as it depends on various factors such as level of competition, suitability of your business, and quality of your bid. However, tender evaluation is a very fair process, so as long as you can meet the requirements of the buyer – you have the potential to win. Help yourself prepare for success by reading our article ‘How to best prepare to win a tender’.

Whenever the public sector has a requirement for construction related services, worth over £12,000 for central government agencies and £30,000 for the wider public sector, they are required to publicly advertise these contracts and encourage businesses to compete for the work. 

There are numerous tendering processes the public sector can use, each of which will change how procurements are completed. The government have also identified 11 key priorities the public sector should consider when purchasing anything construction related. 

There are a few factors to consider when answering this question – the benefits over private sector work, the challenges of finding tenders and availability of work. 
There is no doubt that public sector tenders are better for business than private sector tenders – 30-day payment periods, accessible contracts and transparent procurement processes make public sector clients some of your best. 
Finding tenders can be challenging, that’s why we created Tenders Direct. If searching for tenders without support, you will discover there are numerous portals to search and many of their results are inaccurate. 
Then there is availability of work, some businesses provide services that are too niche or are infrequently required. We can run a quick report to tell you if searching for tenders would be rewarding just send us your details using the linked form.

Yes, SMEs can bid on construction tenders in the UK. The UK government has a target of ensuring 33% of all contracts are awarded to SMEs, and even introduced legislation allowing for SME only contracts.  
There are two main types of contracts, High-value and Low-value tenders. SMEs will primarily go after Low-value tenders due to the limited restrictions and availability of work.

We have broken the tendering process down into 9-steps. These steps can be applied to any tender – not just construction contracts. The steps are: 

  1. Evaluate the tender 
  2. Review available information 
  3. Bid planning 
  4. Strategy development 
  5. Answer planning 
  6. Answer development 
  7. Answering 
  8. Proofing 
  9. Submission

There are different types of construction tender, and the requirements of the buyer and perceived value will determine how the procurement is conducted.  
You can find a full breakdown of how tenders can be differentiated in our post ‘What is a public tender?’ 

Tenders Direct can help you grow your construction business by providing you with a range of services to help you access tenders and win more work with the public sector.  

  1. Receive personalised construction tender notifications by email, based on your business profile and preferences.  
  2. Get up to 18 months prior notice of contract renewals with Advance Tender Alerts. 
  3. Track your competitors’ activities and performance with Competitor Tracker. 
  4. Link Tenders Direct with your business applications, such as Salesforce, HubSpot, Zapier, and more, to effortlessly export tender details and build opportunity pipelines. 
  5. Learn how to write high quality and engaging bids through our bid writing training courses. 
  6. Get resourcing support from our consultants to help you create compelling bids for on time submission.