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Contractors wanted for £2bn Yorks & Humber framework

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Contractors are wanted for a £2bn civil engineering framework in Yorkshire and Humberside.

YORhub is seeking eight contractors for its YORcivil Major Works framework for projects in excess of £10M.

Work on the framework includes maintenance to and construction of new highways and bridges, public realm, flood alleviation schemes, integrated transport hubs and associated works, according to a contracts notice on the Official Journal of the European Union. 

YORhub is managed by five lead authorities on behalf of the region including, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Rotherham and Scarborough and has already supported over 80 community projects through its social value fund.

Tenders for the framework are to be returned in early June with the framework award expected by September.

The framework could include any repair works to the Humber Bridge. A 12-month inspection of the bridge is currently being carried out by Cleveland Bridge and Aecom.

If repair works are needed, the Humber Bridge Board has access to the framework should it wish to do so.

The current inspection will examine eight panels, or sections of the main cable between hangers. In all the bridge has 120 panels, covering 18m sections of suspension cable. Four of those being inspected are at lower heights, and four at a higher level. Four panels on each cable will be inspected.

Inspectors will check the effectiveness of the dehumidification system installed to protect the cables from corrosion in 2010. Similar systems have also been installed on the Forth and Severn Road bridges. 

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