Southwark runs parallel maintenance bids
London’s Southwark Council has decided to run two bid competitions in parallel for its £90m highways maintenance work.
The south London council has decided to use the new London super highways framework to find a prospective contractor as well as running its own separate bid competition for the work package.
The council justified the parallel procurement strategy saying it aimed to get the most economically advantageous delivery of works and services over the six-year term.
It plans to invite bids from prequalified contractors for its own procurement contest early in June.
The work is to be divided into three separate lots covering maintenance of the borough’s highway infrastructure, improvements to the network through targeted schemes and design services.
Under the London Highways Alliance Contract these packages will be covered by individual bid joint ventures.
Last month Transport for London set in train plans to carve Greater London highway maintenance into four regions through the London Highways Alliance Framework.
Ten bidders were shortlisted for an expected £1.8bn package of road maintenance work over the next eight years with big savings expected from economies of scale across the wider regions.
New contracts will cover both road maintenance and new build schemes, and for the first time, have the scope to cover all roads in London.
A third of London’s boroughs have already signed up to the contracts, with the hope that all will eventually get on board.