Tender race reopens on £500m Balfour road job

Grant Prior 11 years ago
Share

Suffolk County Council has restarted the tender race for its huge highways maintenance contract despite announcing Balfour Beatty Living Places as preferred bidder last month.

The deal is worth an initial £200m over five years with the potential to hit £500m over a ten-year extension.

The council said that despite a “period of extensive and constructive discussion with Balfour Beatty Living Places” it “has not been able to confirm and clarify commitments made to the point where it can provisionally award the contract.”

The council added: “It has therefore been decided that the procurement process will revert to the previous stage where Suffolk County Council can liaise with any, or all, of the bidders who submitted final tenders (including Balfour Beatty Living Places), before again identifying a preferred bidder.”

The move means rivals Amey, Carillion/Mott MacDonald, Enterprise Mouchel and MGWSP (May Gurney/WSP) are back in the race.

The tender process had already lasted nine months before the unveiling of Balfour Beatty in December.

The contract was due to go live on the streets of Suffolk in April but will now be pushed back.

The winner will be responsible for the design and implementation of highway maintenance and improvement works, winter gritting, street lighting, traffic signals and bridge works throughout the county.

Suffolk wants to achieve £2m of recurring revenue savings in year 2013/14 under the deal which could last up to ten years.

Lucy Robinson, Suffolk County Council’s director of economy, skills and environment, said: “We are of course disappointed not to be moving forward as announced in December however I’d like to reassure people that this does not affect our overall ambition for highways maintenance in Suffolk.

“Providing a quality service whilst saving taxpayers money remains our focus and the county council is continuing work towards that aim.

“This does mean a delay to the start of the new contract as we want to ensure that the matter is handled properly, that staff are kept informed and that a smooth transition is made.

“We will therefore be working on interim arrangements to ensure that service delivery is uninterrupted.

“We will provide more information as soon as we can.”

Balfour Beatty said: “We are disappointed that Balfour Beatty have not been able to proceed as preferred bidder with Suffolk County Council but there remain some outstanding issues which we have not been able to resolve with the council.

“Balfour Beatty is happy to continue the process with Suffolk County Council and we hope a resolution can be reached.”

Latest project news

Galliford Try to upgrade Red Arrows base

Contractor seals quartet of RAF base upgrades
7 months ago

Galliford Try bags £87m Brent Cross build to rent job

Firm picks up another three blocks at Argent's North London £8bn regeneration scheme
8 months ago

Balfour starts £67m Edinburgh school campus

Passivhaus certified campus buildings will replace Liberton High School
8 months ago

Red wins Bristol retirement village £14m expansion

44 extra care flats to be built at former Frys chocolate factory
8 months ago

Caddick bags UK’s largest fertiliser plant job

Yorkshire contractor seals £28m contract for new plant in Yorkshire
8 months ago

Mace wins concrete bunkers for world’s most powerful laser

Firm will build two 7m tall bunkers with 2m thick radiation resistant concrete walls
9 months ago

Robertson to deliver £20m Alloa Wellbeing Hub and school

Design work will now start on Wellbeing Hub and Lochies primary school
9 months ago

Green light for Canada Water next phase of 380 homes

Zone G plan includes major resi tower, supermarket and park
9 months ago

Mace to start £230m Landsec London office job

Timber Square project will pioneer a hybrid cross laminate timber and steel superstructure
9 months ago

British Land multi-storey logistics hub approved

London urban last-mile logistics hub pipeline hits £1.3bn
9 months ago

£350m Birmingham triple tower scheme approved

Vast curving Ringway Centre to be demolished for 1,750 flats development
9 months ago

Midgard lands £245m Tottenham Hale towers

Three towers of up to 38 storeys complete north London regeneration scheme
9 months ago

Go-ahead for Wates £35m Hartlepool leisure centre job

Work on the Highlight waterfront centre to start in November
9 months ago

Green light for 690-home Birmingham Smithfield scheme

Prosperity Group plans to start work in Autumn next year on major Smithfield scheme
9 months ago

Go-ahead for 289 homes next to Saltaire World Heritage site

Ambitious plan to demolish a vacant Bradford office complex for new residential quarter
9 months ago

Plans in for 800-bed Leeds student and retail scheme

Major scheme will replace The Core shopping centre in the city
9 months ago

McAleer & Rushe awarded £60m Barking flats job

Work to start in November on near 200 rental homes project
9 months ago

ISG clinches £155m Cat D prison expansion

Firm to deliver 780 new places at three existing prison locations
9 months ago

27-storey Salford student tower approved

540-bed student block to be built on former site of McDonalds' regional HQ
9 months ago

Morgan Sindall £48m Dumfries school job approved

Building work to start before the end of 2023
9 months ago

Bouygues/Murphy JV tipped for £2.3bn Thames tunnel job

Frontrunner emerges for Lower Thames Crossing 4.2km tunnel job
9 months ago

Vinci/McAlpine JV to start £105m NHS rehabilitation centre

Treasury clears New Hospital Programme job to start main construction
9 months ago

Three giant lab buildings approved at £700m Oxford R&D district

Phase 2 Oxford North office and lab buildings to deliver 460,000 sq ft of space
9 months ago

RG Group to build tallest student block in the world

Contractor confirmed on 45-storey tower in Leeds
9 months ago

Vinci wins major St Helens town centre revamp

£90m first phase includes new market hall, 120-bed hotel and over 60 flats
9 months ago

Work to start this year on Manchester £250m spa resort

Developer Therme gets green light for re-engineered 28-acre Trafford complex
9 months ago

Barhale JV sign-off for £18m Dewsbury sewage works upgrade

Project forms part of Yorkshire Water’s £500m investment in Phosphorous removal
9 months ago

Murphy seals main build on £124m Essex station

Contractor lands main contract after successful start on enabling works package
9 months ago

GMI lands latest £42m phase of lab cluster

Citylabs life sciences complex in Manchester continues to grow
9 months ago

Green light for Canada Water commercial scheme

Twin-tower scheme will offer "a new type of office for London"
9 months ago

Contractor services