Liverpool City Council is to launch two bespoke procurement frameworks to underpin a £500m investment drive in the city’s roads.
The new frameworks will be designed specifically by the council to enable it to deliver its reactive and planned highways infrastructure programme – with a focus on enabling Liverpool and Merseyside based contractors the opportunity to pitch for council contracts, bolstering the local supply chain.
The council’s procurement team have taken the first step to launch the new system by undertaking a soft market testing exercise with a questionnaire for highways contractors.
The sector has until August 10 to reply after which feedback will be collated and then used to fine tune the frameworks before their official launch at the end of August.
Mayor Anderson added: “The council has long been aware that the state of Liverpool’s roads and are in need of a dramatic overhaul.
“Collective appeals to government have largely fallen on deaf ears so we need to try something new and radical which tackles this issue and at the same time has a positive impact on the local economy.
“The funding for the roads is in place and Foundations has now been established so the time has now come to fine tune the plans and start delivering.
“To do this, and to make it easier for Liverpool companies to navigate our tendering process, the council’s procurement team is creating our first bespoke frameworks.
“This a watershed moment for the council and symbolises the effort and commitment the entire organisation is undertaking to change the way we operate to be more business friendly so together the public and private sector can make a real difference to the future of the city.”
The new £200m highways package will be invested over the next five years across three main elements:
£160 million in road reconstruction
£25 million in resurfacing and patching work
£15 million specifically earmarked for addressing potholes
The bulk of this new investment will come from borrowing £185 million over 25 years at low interest rates, supported by savings generated by the council’s transformation plan and ‘Invest to Earn’ strategy, which generates income streams from commercialising council assets.
A recent peer review by the Local Government Association found Liverpool City Council had prudent levels of debt for one of the major ‘core cities’ and robust financial management processes in place.
The landmark investment is aimed at tacking the deteriorating quality of the city’s roads and is a response to Central Government cuts of £444 million to the council’s budget since 2010.
A new interactive map has now been launched to allow people in Liverpool to discover when their road is being upgraded. The map – which outlines works on a 12 month rolling programme and will be regularly updated can be found at www.liverpool.gov.uk/roadimprovements – gives residents and businesses data on the nature of the road repairs, how much it will cost and when and how long the upgrade will take.