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Bidding set to start on Highways England Smart Motorways Alliance

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Highways England is preparing to launch its new Smart Motorways Alliance tender to prospective contractors.

The road operator will launch its new approach at an event on 10 December in Birmingham to provide an overview of the Alliance objectives and the “procurement vehicle” as to how the contract will be awarded.

The event will support the formal tender notification which will be published on a separate notice.

The move to an alliancing model was announced in in July this year. At the time, Highways England said the model would move away from its current strategy of procuring on a project by project basis.

Instead, it said it was moving to a “different level of thinking” by setting up a dedicated smart motorways alliance with the primary objective to balance the ownership of the programme budget and a risk profile which linked alliance partners’ overheads and profits, to performance.

In September this year however, New Civil Engineer revealed that Highways England was moving away from forcing companies to form joint ventures.

As a result, Highways England pushed back the contract notice for the alliance from the end of September to later in the year. As with previous Highways England procurements, it will be issued via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

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