Network Rail awarded 82 framework contracts for design services valuated at GBP 400 million (EUR 470.7 million) for Control Period 6 and up to GBP 640 million (EUR 753.17 million) including the options to extend the framework into Control Period 7 (2024-2029).
The design services framework (DSF) consists of four multi-discipline frameworks and 78 single-discipline frameworks. The new DSF aims to provide access to a wider range of multi-skilled suppliers including small and medium enterprises who form circa 25% of the single discipline suppliers on the DSF.
The framework contracts were awarded to 34 suppliers, with two contracts per region for 10 single disciplines. They include buildings and architecture, civil and structural, consents and environment, E&P contact systems, E&P distribution design, E&P plant, geotechnical, signalling, telecoms and track.
The multi-discipline national frameworks were awarded to AECOM, Jacobs UK, Mott MacDonald and WSP.
“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,” Daljinder Chatta, Network Rail’s commercial director, said.