Greater Manchester seeks contractors for £200m civil engineering framework

Manchester City Council is seeking contractors for a £200m infrastructure and highways framework that will be used across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs.

The framework, which is set to run for two years with the option of a further two, will be for a range of projects and predominantly involve highways works. The procurement process, which is being led by Turner & Townsend, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, is the first of its type, as the council has not had a framework in place for infrastructure works.

Packages and projects for the framework will include earthworks, highways, street lighting, bridge construction and site clearance.

There will be six lots in total, which are detailed below. Transport for Greater Manchester and the council have outlined a number of projects that will fall under the framework, with more than £60m of work expected to be procured during the 2016/17 financial year. 

Greater Manchester’s infrastructure and highways engineering framework

Lot 1: Construction only: Works up to £500,000

Lot 2: Construction only: Works between £500,001 and £5m

Lot 3: Construction only: Works over £5m

Lot 4: Design and construction: Works up to £500,000

Lot 5: Design and construction: Works between £500,001 and £5m

Lot 6: Design and construction: Works over £5m

Projects for the framework include an £8.8m project to overhaul Great Ancoats Street on the edge of the city centre and a package of bridge maintenance work, with more than 300 bridges across Greater Manchester requiring repairs and repointing.

Other schemes include £3m of road upgrades in Collyhurst in north Manchester and a £3.9m project to build a 5km cycle route along Upper Chorlton Road.

Last week, Transport for Greater Manchester named 39 firms on its professional services framework, which is worth £60m over four years.

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