27 November 2008 | Paul Snell
Public sector organisations in London will be able to take advantage of a £500 million engineering framework agreement put out to tender by Transport for London (TfL) this week.
The four-year engineering and project framework is seeking suppliers with specialist skills to provide short-term support for projects including upgrading the London Underground, extending the Docklands Light Railway, the Crossrail project and the London Overground railway.
Expressions of interest are being solicited from this week and invitations to tender will be sent out at the start of next year. The agreement should be finalised by November 2009.
Once up and running other members of the Greater London Authority group - which includes the Metropolitan Police Authority, Greater London Authority, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the London Development Agency, as well as TfL - will also be able to use the deal. In addition, the Metropolitan Police and local authorities in the capital will be able to access the agreement.
Andrew Quincey, director of group procurement at TfL, told supplymanagement.com the deal would drive better value for money and contribute to the Mayor's plan to achieve £2.4 billion efficiency savings over the next 10 years.
He added the framework would also use the CompeteFor website, originally developed to help small firms win contracts for the 2012 Olympics, to help SMEs compete for deals allowing them to partner together to bid on the framework.
Last week TfL awarded a new contract for its Oyster card to Cubic and partner EDS (Web news, 20 November). They were also recognised for reaching a "gold" standard on sustainable procurement.