Public Sector Procurement News

Weekly round-up of news, statistics, and information relating to public procurement within the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the news this week

This week’s headlines, offering you leads for tendering opportunities and updates about the public sector marketplace. 

Plans for New Smart Motorways Cancelled

11 paused schemes and 3 proposed projects will be removed from the government’s road building plans, while work on the M56 J6 to J8 and M6 J21a to J26 is already in progress and will be completed as planned. 
£900m will be invested for further safety improvements on existing smart motorways – including stopped vehicle detection technology and more emergency refuge areas.

Council plans to double spending on roads and pavements (Scotland)

Edinburgh Council aims to add £11m to its roads and infrastructure capital budget, bringing the new total to £21.781 million. If approved, this will increase the number of road resurfacing projects carried out over the next year.

Huge boost for Oxfordshire town with £2.4m deal for new facilities

Didcot Town Council has secured £2.4m to build a new sports pavilion and splash park in Edmonds Park. Construction will start at the end of this month and the facilities will be ready by the end of the year or early 2024.

Oswestry Town Council agrees to buy rundown 15th Century building

Llwyd Mansion in Oswestry, which is in a significant state of disrepair, has been purchased by Oswestry Town Council which aims to spend £160k repairing the Grade I listed building.

City projects to make walking and cycling easier given £3m boost

The City of Edinburgh Council has secured more than £3m from Sustrans’ Places for Everyone fund to make active travel across the city. This funding will make numerous projects possible, including the creation of a boulevard on Lothian Road, measures to reduce traffic, and further development of “20-minute neighbourhoods” across the city.

Preston Park to get £250k flood management fund

Brighton and Hove City Council has been allocated £250,000 to support a new surface water scheme, at Preston Park, to improve flood protection for more than 2,300 properties across the county.

Port of Cork says harbour is ready to become key hub in race for Green Energy (Republic of Ireland)

Port of Cork’s upcoming Masterplan 2050 aims to confirm that Leeside is ready to deal with the requirements for an energy revolution. This comes as previous reports feared there would be a lack of facilities to build giant wind turbines in Ireland, but Port of Cork confirms planning permission is already in place for the construction of harbour-side facilities to construct key elements such as wind turbines.

West Northamptonshire Council has received £73,000 to invest in sustainable and renewable energy sources

West Northamptonshire Council has received £73,000 to develop an electric vehicle strategy and research innovations. The council has committed to becoming net zero in its carbon emissions by 2030, with plans to replace current vehicles with electric or ultra-low emission vehicles playing a key part in its plans.

Huddersfield retirement complex ‘riddled’ with asbestos to be demolished as council rehoming residents at cost of £300k

While this article focuses on the cost of rehoming residents, it does also mention that the site will be demolished and a new living scheme is to be built in its place.

Manchester approves Christie Hospital expansion

A 7,000 sq ft,  four-storey extension to Christie Hospital will expand the cancer treatment centre, paving the way for future developments including the creation of two extra wards.

Approval for landmark Stoke regeneration projects

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved a landmark scheme to regenerate the city centre with new residential, commercial and leisure facilities, including a hotel and arena.

Phase 1: The creation of 139 one- and two-bed apartments, along with three four-bed townhouses.

Phase 2: The creation of 153 homes, and new commercial spaces.

Phase 3: The creation of more commercial spaces, an arena and a hotel.

Extraordinary & interesting notices

Here we share the tenders and prior information notices that caught our attention this week.

£8bn National Contractor Framework

Authority: Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Published: 17 April 2023
Deadline: 6 June 2023 
Description: Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as the Contracting Authority intends to let a National Contractor Framework with a maximum duration of four years, which may be used by public sector bodies / ‘Contracting Authorities’ as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Framework is designed to align with the ambitions of the Construction Playbook, and to help the public sector deliver on the Government’s ambition to ‘build back better’ bringing together commercial best practice and reform to drive better, faster, greener delivery. A Framework go-live date of 1st November 2023 is planned.

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