Estates Contracting Group

‌Services we provide

The Estates Contracting Group provide a professional service managing the procurement of Estates contracts and large Capital equipment purchases. We seek solutions that provide value for money for the University and are compliant with the obligations under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (also informally known as OJEU Regulations). Wherever possible we will seek to adopt and work within current industry best practice. 

The Group provides assistance with the following:

All other purchasing procedures can be advised through contacting the Procurement Team.

Estates Contracting Group tender throughout the year. Suppliers can registrar for free on the e-tendering portal Bravo Solutions giving them informed contract opportunities and deadlines.

EU Purchasing Thresholds (from 1st January 2018)

Supplies & Services - £181,302   Works - £4,551,413

Light Touch Regime - £615,218   Concessions - £4,551,413

The figures above must take into account the aggregated spend over a 4 year period, for ongoing contracts.

Contact details:

Estates Contracting Group
University of Bristol
Estates Office
1-9 Old Park Hill
Telephone: 0117 331 7295
Email malibox:
Twitter: @UoBrisECG
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

About the team

Richard Lafferty - BA (Hons) MCIPS, Head of Estates Contracting Group

A procurement professional with many years' experience in both the Public and Private Sectors covering a wide range of goods and services including Estates and Services

Will Smalley-BSc MCIPS, Estates Contracting Manager

A built environment and procurement professional, with many 20 years’ experience in both the Public and Private Sectors, delivering a wide range of services including procurement and contract management within the construction industry.

Nicci Bratcher, Estates Contracting Assistant

A professional with experience working within the procurement team, covering administration duties, contracting and website maintenance; and a point of contact for Estates contracted suppliers.

Sarah Dolman – Procurement Manager  (Professional Supplies)

Procurement Specialist both in Commercial and Public sector. Six Sigma Greenbelt (Lean Management) qualified with a successful track record in implementing supplier KPIs, managing tender processes and negotiating supplier agreements.