Network Rail has announced the awarding of contracts for 82 frameworks to deliver design services across the country, worth an estimated £400m for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and up to £640m with the option to further the framework into Control Period 7 (2024-2029).
The Design Services Framework (DSF), which replaced its predecessor, the Multi-Functional Design Framework, is formed of four multi-discipline frameworks and 78 single-discipline frameworks.
The new DSF is aiming to provide access to a wider range of multi-skilled suppliers including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who form around 25% of the single discipline suppliers on the DSF.
Two contracts per region have been put in place for each of the following 10 single disciplines and four multi-discipline frameworks have been awarded at a national level.
Buildings and Architecture
Civil and Structural
Consents and Environment
E&P Contact Systems
E&P Distribution Design
The framework contracts, which went live on January 1, have been awarded to 34 suppliers. In particular, they have been awarded to multi-discipline national frameworks AECOM, Jacobs UK, Mott MacDonald and WSP.
Network Rail’s commercial director Daljinder Chatta, said:
“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.”