200 firms seek contracts with local authority in construction and highways

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Apr 2018

More than 200 firms hoping to win major construction and highways contracts with North Lincolnshire Council were represented at a supplier event.

The local authority has started the process of procuring its next generation construction and highways framework and held the Meet The Buyer event at the Learning Development Centre in Scunthorpe.

More than half of the contracts awarded in the last framework went to businesses based in North Lincolnshire.

Council leader Rob Waltham said the latest process represented a “fantastic opportunity” for local employers.

He said: “We are wanting to work with small and large suppliers with contracts ranging up to £10 million. 

“The framework is over a four-year period and may be extended by another two years.

“Our aim is to continue to build long-term partnerships with key contractors who will help deliver first-class public services to the people of North Lincolnshire. The contracts will boost   economic growth by providing and securing jobs in our  community and further  improving skills. The framework will support our objective to be the best place to live and best council.”

The event, which was held across two sessions, saw senior highways and construction services officers from the council speak to business representatives about upcoming projects and the contracts to be awarded.

Bosses at the authority say the framework aims to deliver efficiencies, improve value for money and provide added  

social value through the employment and training opportunities.

It will include individual lots for general building and highways. Other key features include a potential total workload in  excess of £320 million and the inclusion of specific lots for disabled facilities and roofing works.

Procurement will be a single-stage process with bidders completing the publicly available specification (PAS 91), with supplementary method statements and pricing information.

The council will be using Government-approved third-party accreditation and risk management service Constructionline to assist in the pre-qualification and future monitoring processes.

Lots in the framework are set to go out to tender in May, with a provisional award date for  the framework in October.  That will be followed by a mobilisation period of two months, with a “go live” date of January 2019.

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