Furniture – NWUPC Framework is now available to Members


NWUPC Ltd are thrilled to announce that the latest iteration of the Furniture – NWUPC Framework (FFE3158 NW), is now available to Members. This framework is the successor to the previous Furniture Framework (FFE3103 NW). This framework is split into 3 lots and is available to Members of NWUPC and CPC.       

The agreement runs from the 1st May 2023 until the 30th April 2025 with the option to extend for two further one year periods until 30th May 2027. A full user guide is available at HEContracts.

Please note that Lots 2 & 3 of the previous agreement Furniture - FFE3103 NW have been extended until 30th June 2023 to allow for a smooth implementation.  The user guide and supporting information for these lots is available on request by emailing


Scope of the framework

  • Lot 1 – Office, Learning and Communal Spaces (Great Britain)
  • Lot 2 – Office, Learning and Communal Spaces (Northern Ireland)
  • Lot 3 – Residential Furniture (Northern Ireland)

Supply, delivery and installation of furniture in member institution premises or subsidiary locations including but not limited to offices, teaching areas, libraries, residencies, storage, catering/dining and retail areas. 

Introductory Guide

A 2 page brief introductory guide is available for the framework and can be found here.

Products available via this framework:

The framework has been established for the provision of the following goods by lot:

Lots 1 & 2- Office, Learning and Communal Spaces

Mandatory Categories of Product:

  • Desking (including as a minimum office, bench, height adjustable, sit/stand desks and reception desking),
  • Tables (including as a minimum flip top, meeting, laptop, height adjustable, coffee tables, stackable/collapsible, occasional, poseur tables),
  • Seating (including as a minimum task, ergonomic, meeting, teaching, conference/executive, and stackable seating),
  • Breakout Furniture and other fully upholstered soft seating (including as a minimum armchairs, sofas, modular upholstered seating and stools)
  • Storage (including as a minimum, tambour units, bookcases, display units, storage units & cupboards, filing cabinets and pedestals),
  • Screening and Space Division Systems (including as a minimum straight and curved, desk mounted, free standing, upholstered and plastic)
  • Booths (including as a minimum single and multiple occupancy, free standing, partially or fully enclosed, occupiable spaces with acoustic properties),
  • DDA Compliant Furniture,
  • Furniture that supports integrated power and data solutions.

Non-mandatory Categories of Product:

  • Bar/Bistro/Restaurant Furniture,
  • Bespoke/Custom Designed and Built Furniture,
  • Credenza Units
  • Gaming Furniture
  • Lockers (including clothing lockers)
  • Integrated and supporting technology

Lot 3- Residential Furniture (Northern Ireland only)*

  • Mandatory Categories of Product:
  • Beds (including frames, headboards, divan bed)
  • Mattresses,
  • Bedroom Storage (including bedside cabinets, drawers, wardrobe, tables, media units),
  • Study Furniture (including desks, task chairs, stackable chairs, pedestals),
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Storage,
  • Soft Seating (including settees, armchairs, tub chairs); and
  • Kitchen and Dining Furniture (including dining tables, coffee tables, side tables, dining chairs, bar stools).

*Please note that Residential Furniture supply in Great Britain is covered by Sustainable Furniture Solutions FFE2008 NE and is therefore expressly excluded from the scope of Furniture FFE3158 NW.


The following services are available from all suppliers in all lots on a mandatory basis:

  • Site Surveys
  • Space Planning
  • Full electronic product visuals 
  • Full schematics
  • Ergonomic Support Services consisting of pre and post-sales support in the selection, delivery and set up of furniture

The benefits of using this framework agreement are:

  • More advantageous pricing based on economies of scale from aggregated spend, with no price increases considered prior to 30th April 2024
  • A wide array of services are available free of charge through the agreement
  • Coverage for free of charge samples and loan furniture
  • A detailed Specification of Requirements is provided covering relevant standards and marking requirements. 
  • The call-off Terms and Conditions have been established at framework.          
  • Reduced administrative effort and associated cost savings.
  • Multiple methods of call-off including direct award, desktop exercise and full mini-competition including permitted variation of weightings
  • The ability to request bespoke/customised products
  • Access to products with recognised sustainability standards
  • Access to Real Living Wage accredited suppliers where required
  • Contract management initiatives around supply chain traceability for high-risk products, and packaging initiatives to support reductions in waste
  • The development of a longer-term relationship with suppliers which is mutually beneficial.
  • The Framework allows for the flexibility to determine specific requirements at the call off stage.
  • Framework Agreements support longer term business planning as they span a period of typically four years and allow some stability from market fluctuations.
  • NWUPC and your Consortium will provide contract management support to you should you experience any issues with suppliers and will act in your best interests.

Suppliers on this Framework

Further information on this agreement including supplier contact details can be found in the detailed User Guide which is available on HEContracts.

For further questions or enquiries contact or call on 0161 234 8000.