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£750M infrastructure consultant deal open for bids

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A consortium of South Midlands authorities is seeking an infrastructure consultant for a £750M deal.

Northamptonshire County Council announced the group’s intention to partner with a private sector firm to create a managing agent strategic joint venture that will advise on asset rationalisation and take the lead on procurement and contract management issues.

Other local authorities that will be able to use the contract include Buckinghamshire County Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council.

Northamptonshire Police, the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust are among other bodies included in the group.

Duties for the selected consultant will include advising on PFI contracts, undertaking feasibility studies, programme planning, conducting procurement processes, and managing suppliers and council functions.

Contracts to be managed could include waste management and highways maintenance.

Initially for 10 years, the contract could be extended for a further five, and is likely to be worth in the region of £750M.

The contract notice published in OJEU added: “The partner may be required to actively participate in the achievement of social and/or environmental policy objectives relating to recruitment and training and supply-chain initiatives.

“Accordingly contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations.”

Companies have until midday on 1 September to register their interest in the work.

 

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