Some 82 framework contracts have been awarded by Network Rail, for the delivery of design services across the country.
The contracts, worth an estimated £400M for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and up to £640M to extend the framework into Control Period 7 (2024-2029), consits of four uti-discipline frameworks and 78 single-discipline frameworks. These new Design Services Frameworks (DSF) aim to provide access to a wider range of multi-skilled suppliers including small and medium enterprises who form 25% of the single discipline suppliers on the DSF.
The contracts went live on 1st January 2020 and have been awarded to 34 suppliers, including: AECOM, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Amey, Andromeda Engineering Ltd, and Balour Beatty Rail, amongst others.
Daljinder Chatta, Network Rail’s commercial director, said: “Network Rail will have greater access to a design support network providing mutual benefits to both Network Rail and the supply chain. Some of these include working more directly with suppliers, improved assurance, getting closer to experts, improved business and safety performance and enabling innovation to thrive.”
The Design Services Framework replaces its predecessor – the Multi-Functional Design Framework. Two contracts per region have been awarded for each of the following 10 single disciplines and four multi-discipline frameworks have been awarded at a national level.
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