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Highways Agency tenders £2bn hard shoulder running framework

The Highways Agency today tendered a £2bn framework contract for the rollout of hard shoulder running schemes across its network.

Published today in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the Major Projects Framework contract will run for four years and comprise 3 or 4 contractors.

Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) National director Rosemary Beales said: “Investment in the UK’s road network is vital if we are to combat congestion. A fast moving and efficient transport network that keeps pace with demand is essential if the UK is to overcome the current downturn and is a key ingredient in delivering sustainable economic growth for the future.

“Managed Motorways schemes will reduce congestion and provide a solid flow of work for the industry. We look forward to finding out more detail about the specific details of the Highways Agency’s proposals in due course,” she said.

The framework will deliver all Highways Agency major projects for the next four years that have yet to be tendered, which the OJEU notice describes as primarily “the delivery of the earlier schemes in the managed motorways programme…and associated works e.g. link roads, which may be needed to provide continuity on the network.”

Contractors wishing to bid for the framework must be registered with the Government’s pre-qualification website Constructiononline and have a Constructiononline notation value of £75M. The notation value is calculated as the lowest of three calculations that bring together the last reported annual turnover, net assets and the average value of these two values.

Assuming that the annual turnover calculation is used (i.e. £75M is equivalent to one third of a bidding contractor’s turnover), only contractors with a turnover of £225M or more will be eligible for the framework.

The OJEU notice states that firms wishing to bid in joint venture must each have a Constructiononline notation value 60% of £75M, so on the turnover calculation must have annual revenues of no less than £135M.

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