A highways design services contract estimated to be worth between £25m and £50m by Highways England is up for grabs in the East Midlands.
The government-owned highways operator has published a tender for the work in Area 7, which will be handed to ‘a single successful supplier’.
The contract, which will be in place from 1 April 2016 with design services commencing from 1 July, covers five years and has an expected value of £5m to £10m per year.
This is the third of an expected four contracts in the region to be released under a new set of arrangements, which abandons asset support style contracts.
Control of maintenance in the area is to be brought in-house, with Highways England playing the traditional role of the central client with ‘direct control of its road network’.
David Poole, director for commercial and procurement for Highways England, said: ‘The changes we are making in Area 7 really demonstrate Highways England’s commitment to delivering a different approach to maintenance and investment delivery over the next five years.
‘The design services tender is the third to be released under these new arrangements, and we are delighted to be making real progress towards our new way of working.’
Work covered by the contract includes structures, pavements, drainage, vehicle restraint systems, technology, environment, geotechnics, lighting and landscaping.
Highways England intends to use an eTendering system for the procurement and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
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