Merseyrail launches £10m construction framework

Merseyrail is planning to procure its first construction framework to deliver improvements and new-build works across its estate and its stations in Merseyside.

The rail company said it was “costly” to continue to carry out an individual tender process for each of its construction projects, and as a result will look to set up a contractors’ framework to speed up procurement and construction processes.

The framework will include a wide range of works, including defect repairs, refurbishments, structural repairs, and new-build stations.

Merseyrail plans to split the framework across three lots, with the largest covering projects worth more than £1m. This will typically be station design-and-build work, station enhancements, installation of lifts, and extensions to existing buildings.

The two smaller lots cover works up to £100,000, and works between £100,000 and £1m respectively.

Merseyrail added works for the two larger lots could include providing pre-fabricated pods to extend buildings in its estate.

The company has issued a prior information notice for the framework to sound out interested contractors, and expects to publish a tender for the £10m works package in March this year.

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