Connect Plus on the search for contractors to join framework agreement

Connect Plus, which manages and operates the M25 network, is looking for contractors to join a framework agreement for a portfolio of highway improvement works.

The £150M framework agreement for improvement works on the M25 will involve civil engineering and technology works, which will be instructed by National Highways.

The works will cover structures, geotechnical, junction improvements, roadside technology and environmental works. In some instances, improvement works might be combined with road infrastructure renewals works.

Connect Plus is inviting all potential supply chain partners to express an interest to participate in a pre-procurement early market engagement event on 31 March, reports Ground Engineering.

More formal procurement procedures for the framework will follow, with the contract notice expected to be published on 26 July 2022.

Firms from across the supply chain, which are typically involved in the design, supply, and construction of projects of this nature, are invited to express an interest in the event.

The works will be built into contracted packages which will often be multi-disciplined and sometimes phased.

Direct contracts awarded under the framework are anticipated to be valued from £100,000 up to £20M. Connect Plus expects that multiple contracts will be awarded each year over six years.

The early market engagement will raise awareness of Connect Plus’ long- and short-term aspirations and enable the market to consider how they might participate in future procurement activities.

To fulfil its design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) contract with National Highways, Connect Plus is looking for a fully embedded, innovative and integrated supply chain which will work in a long-term relationship with Connect Plus and Connect Plus Services, as well as stakeholders and partners.

Connect Plus’ DBFO is performance related so supply chain partners are expected to work within and develop a performance of culture, where delivery of contractual commitments is continually measured.

A balanced scorecard approach has been developed for the framework which forms the basis of the procurement evaluation model.

Firms wishing to express an interest in attending the event should complete all sections of the form here. Registration will be open until Friday 11 March.

Connect Plus, which mainly works across the south east, is responsible for managing the M25 motorway and adjoining arterial roads and interchanges making up 440km of road network. Its assets include five tunnels, the QEII Bridge, the elevated section of the M4 and around 2,500 other structures, said the Ground Engineering report.

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