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Highways Agency seeks low cost gantries

The Highways Agency is looking to award up to 12 firms a place on its £70M framework to supply and erect gantries for its Managed Motorways programme.

The four year deal would see firms fabricate, erect, refurbish and remove as necessary gantries on any Agency scheme where they are needed.

Between 250 and 500 are expected to be installed across the highway network, largely driven by Managed Motorways work.

Bids to win a place on the framework will be assessed on 50/50 price/quality ratio.

Once on the framework, contractors will be required to continually improve quality and cut prices over the four years of the deal.

The Agency said it might use reverse auctions at some stage in the framework, to drive prices down.

“We are reserving the right to use reverse auctions, but that doesn’t suggest it will be the default position or that they will be used at all,” said a spokesman. “It is in the contract to allow them to be used should we want to at some stage.”

Framework contractors will be required to collaborate with the Agency, its contractors and supply chains and with the Managed Motorways Delivery Partners (MMDPs) framework and its supply chains during design, construction planning, construction, testing and commissioning stages.

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