SMEs invited to HE briefing day

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are being invited to register their interest to Highways England for technical services in the East Midlands.

A new asset led delivery model enables Highways England to take more ownership of investment decisions on England’s motorways and major A roads, to increase intelligence on local factors that influence where work is needed and to directly manage aspects of the contract, including specialist services.

SMEs could be called upon to carry out individual tasks associated with drainage, topographical and tree surveys, as well as surveys on road surface condition and material testing in the region.

David Poole, executive director for commercial and procurement, said: “We are tasked with delivering the largest roads investment programme in a generation and for us to deliver on such a scale at the same time as maintaining the strategic road network, we have to work in a flexible, responsive and efficient way.

“This new procurement approach in the East Midlands is representative of Highways England’s commitment to really changing the way we deliver maintenance and investment over the next five years.”

Interested suppliers are being invited to register an interest with Highways England via the Highways England e-sourcing portal so they can be alerted when packages of work become available.

Highways England is to hold a briefing day for SMEs on 23 February 2016, where they will be given an overview of the proposed approach to procuring technical surveys and testing, and an opportunity to ask questions about the process.

To register an interest in the briefing day, or for further details, email Area7ProcurementEnquiries@highwaysengland.co.uk

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