Wiltshire puts market on notice for £300m contract

Wiltshire County Council has published the contract notice for a new highways term maintenance deal that could be worth up to £300m over 10 years.

This contract will include construction, foundation and surface works, routine, reactive and safety maintenance, repairs and cleansing operations, signing and lining, repairs and maintenance to structures, drainage CCTV investigations and repairs, and street lighting maintenance repairs and replacements.

It will also include the provision of parish stewards – a feature of the current contract with Ringway – as well as out of hours emergency services and a winter maintenance service for the provision of drivers on standby to operate the gritter fleet.

In a sign of market trends, the contract will require the contractor to reduce the carbon footprint of construction and maintenance activities over the life of the contract and consider resilience to changing conditions and extremes of weather.

The contract is due to start in April 2023 for five years with the possibility of a five-year extension.

The white horse on Hackpen Hill. Helen Hotson / shutterstock.com

According to the contract notice, the minimum spend under the deal will be £3m a year but the average annual spend is expected to be £15m, with a potential spend of £30m a year depending on funding from other sources.

It follows the publication of a prior information notice and a supplier engagement day in November.

The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is noon on 24 May.

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