Buckinghamshire Council starts search for contractors for its Highways Term Consultancy Contract

Buckinghamshire Council has started the search for a contractor for its Highways Term Consultancy Contract.

The Council’s current integrated services contract is due to expire on 31 March 2023 and following a fundamental review and wide consultation, the Council has identified the following new service delivery model:

  • A Term Maintenance Contract to include routine and reactive maintenance, minor improvement works and winter services (procurement exercise commenced in August 2021 currently ongoing).
  • A Term Consultancy Contract to include design and other professional services.
  • Two separate framework arrangements each of a maximum 4-year duration.

The notice document says that in this case, the Term Consultancy Contract is used for the provision of professional services for infrastructure-related projects and services with regards highways. The Consultant provides professional technical resources to deliver these services efficiently and effectively. The Consultant shall undertake the role of Principal Designer under the CDM Regulations 2015.

In Framework One – Minor Works, there are three lots:

Lot 1: Conventional surfacing work

Lot 2: Surface treatments including surface dressing

Lot 3: Minor works

Framework Two will be for major works.

The notice document says that the Council anticipates that calls for competition for the frameworks will be published over the course of the next twelve months.

It is expected that the Contract will be for an initial term of eight years subject to extension.

The Council intends that the successful Tenderer will form part of an alliance arrangement between the Council and one or more of the other highways contractors appointed by the Council as set out above.

Further details of the proposed works and services forming the scope of the Contract and its commercial terms are set out in the procurement documents, and full details will appear in the tender documentation accompanying the invitation to submit an initial tender.

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