Northern Ireland Water and its subsidiaries are actively seeking suppliers to collaborate on an £800 million professional services framework aimed at supporting their capital works programs, reports New Civil Engineer.
This framework, designed for Northern Ireland's water infrastructure, comprises five distinct lots that will streamline the efficient execution of capital works projects and associated consultancy services for NI Water's routine operations.
NI Water has outlined that this framework will encompass various aspects, including feasibility assessment, design considerations, climate change integration, surveying, modeling, project management, site supervision, program management office services, as well as innovation and efficiency services, spanning from the inception to the construction phases of the capital works program.
Each lot within the framework will have a standard duration of 48 months, with the potential for contract renewals, allowing for an additional two-year extension, followed by another two-year option, making the maximum potential agreement period eight years.
Furthermore, it's worth noting that suppliers may potentially secure positions across all five lots. NI Water envisions the participation of a maximum of 23 suppliers within this framework.
Notably, the NI Water subsidiaries and collaborating authorities that will have access to this framework encompass entities such as the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute NI, Department for Infrastructure NI, Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs NI, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and the Special EU Programmes Body.
For interested parties, the deadline for requests to participate is set for October 12, with invitations to tender expected to be issued around December 18.