Gloucestershire County Council has selected five potential providers to tender for its £150m road investment plans starting from April 2019.
Following expressions of interest, the five companies that have been shortlisted are Balfour Beatty, Griffiths, Ringway, Skanska and Volker Highways.
Gloucestershire County Council has proposed breaking down the county’s highways contract into three areas – a highways term maintenance contract, a highways structural maintenance contract (resurfacing works) and the highways professional services contract (works design and consultancy support).
The programme of works lasts five years and the council has pledged to spend a total of £150m on the roads over that period. At the time of writing Highways was still waiting for confirmation of the exact value of the contracts.
However the council has stated the new highways term maintenance contract will deliver around £20m of routine maintenance each year and covers works such as pothole repairs, patching, winter gritting, grass cutting and gulley emptying.
The tenders must be in by April with an evaluation taking place in May, a ‘mini competitive negotiation’ process is scheduled for June this year, then the final bid submissions are due in July with the contract award taking place in October or September.
Highways understands this is the first time the council has chosen this type of procurement process.
In a statement Gloucesteshire said: ‘To help shape these contract changes, officers from the council visited other shire counties to see how they work. By looking at other areas, as well as Highways England, officers were able to put together a new model which follows current best practice and brings Gloucestershire in line with other county councils.’
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: ‘We’ve been looking at how best to make the most of this council’s five year commitment of a £150 million investment.
‘We agreed in November that a new approach to the way our highways contract works was needed to help us deliver quality roads and good value for money for tax payers. Its great that we’ve had so many interested parties come forward, and I am looking forward to seeing the proposals they put forward.’
The council’s current highways provider Amey will continue to deliver until their contract ends at the end of March 2019.