Network Rail is seeking suppliers to provide design, technical and engineering consultancy services worth up to £650m across its network.
The infrastructure operator said it has published a prior information notice (PIN) to make potential contractors aware of its intention to run a procurement exercise and subsequently award a design services framework over the next five to eight years.
Interested suppliers are invited to a second Supplier Engagement Event on 7 September at BCEC, Birmingham, where Network Rail will present the procurement strategy, selection and commissioning processes.
The procurement will be divided into lots. One lot will be a national multidiscipline lot. Suppliers will provide professional design, technical and engineering consultancy services 'as advised from time to time by Network Rail throughout the term of the Framework Agreement' for any combination of 10 single disciplines on a national basis.
There are in addition 10 regional single discipline lots, where suppliers will provide services within one of Network Rail’s four regions.
The 10 single disciplines are:
- Buildings and Architecture;
- Civil and Structural;
- Consent and Environment;
- Electrification and Plant – Contact Systems;
- Electrification and Plant – Distribution Design;
- Electrification and Plant – Plant;
- Signalling/Train Control;
- Telecoms including Construction Industry Scheme (CIS);
The PIN gives the value of the framework at £650m. It gives the estimated date of the publication of a contract notice as 5 October 2018.
Network Rail’s delivery arm for renewals and projects, Infrastructure Projects (IP), organises itself into four regional areas; Scotland North East, Central, Southern, and Western and Wales.