Suffolk County Council cabinet members were this week being asked to rubber stamp a decision to make a May Gurney/WSP joint venture preferred bidder for its £200M five year highway services contract.
Balfour Beatty had originally been named preferred bidder in January but withdrew after failing to agree terms for the transfer of staff from Suffolk and Ipswich Borough Council under Tupe regulations (NCE 31 January).
“The contract is still the same,” said Suffolk County Council cabinet member for roads, transport and planning Guy McGregor.
“All bidders were contacted again and all said they were still interested.
“May Gurney is a competent firm and very well respected locally. There has been a slight delay but we look forward to working with our new partners.”
Suffolk’s Liberal Democrat spokesman for roads and transport Caroline Page said she would be seeking assurances that the same thing does not happen again. “May Gurney originally came in a very close second on price and quality,” she said. “However, it’s not all certain and there are still risks.”