Gloucestershire County Council is pleased to be announcing the procurement of the design and construction of the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme.
Following the publication of a previous procurement for this project earlier this year (M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme, Project information -DN550800) we have made amendments to procurement documentation to reflect current market conditions. The new procurement includes a simplified approach to the Early Contractor Involvement approach and amendments made in the reflection of current economic and sector outlooks (e.g. inflation).
If you are interested in hearing more about the project and our procurement, we invite you to join us in our Market Engagement Event on 1st July 2022. Full details below.
To seek the markets view on how GCC intends to procure and contract for delivery of the J10 Scheme, GCC plans on undertaking a 2-stage engagement. Firstly, a market engagement event is to be held on Friday 1st July 2022 from 09:00 to 10:00 via Microsoft Teams. The purpose of the event is to update the market on the amendments we have made to procurement documentation to reflect current market conditions.
Any suppliers interested in attending should express an interest via the messages function within Procontract providing email addresses of attendees and the Teams link will be provided via email.
If you are unable to attend the event the presentation slides will be circulated on the 1st July and a summary of any Questions and Answers provided as soon as practicable via Procontract.
Secondly, interested parties are also being offered the opportunity to comment in writing on GCCs proposals (no more than 4 A4 sides, font size 12). Written submissions should be sent via Procontract and there will be a Market Intelligence Submissions section in Procontract for these submissions. These need to be provided by no later than 12 noon on 15th July 2022.
At present the Scheme has an estimated value in excess of 200m. As such, we ask that those who sign up to this engagement exercise have a minimum annual turnover of 400m per annum.
Please note that further engagement sessions will be held, either before or after the procurement exercise for the Scheme has commenced, in order to engage with and provide opportunities for the wider supply chain in Gloucestershire and further afield.
Gloucestershire faces significant challenges to achieve its vision for economic growth. A Joint Core Strategy (JCS) a partnership between Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council was formed to produce a co-ordinated strategic development plan to show how the region will develop during the period up to 2031. This includes a shared spatial vision targeting 35,175 new homes and 39,500 new jobs by 2031. The major development of new housing (c.9,000 homes) and employment land (c.100ha) is proposed in strategic and safeguarded allocations in the West and North West of Cheltenham, much of which lies within Tewkesbury Borough Council. This, in turn, is linked to wider economic investment, including a government supported and nationally significant Cyber Park adjacent to GCHQ, predicted to generate c.7,000 jobs. The J10 Scheme is critical to achieving the vision set out above. The Scheme was also identified by Highways England in the Birmingham to Exeter Route Strategy as being critical to : (a) maintaining the safe and efficient operation of the M5 corridor; and (b) enabling the planned development and economic growth around Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury.
A bid for scheme funding was submitted to Homes England in March 2019. Funding was awarded successfully by the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) in March 2020. The preferred route announcement was made on the 16th of June 2021: Further general information regarding background to the Scheme and its current status in the project lifecycle can be found at the following web link:- www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10
The Authority will be conducting the procurement using the restricted procedure in accordance with the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102) (PCR 2015) for the purpose of procuring the services and works described in the Scope. Interested parties must complete the selection questionnaire (SQ), which seeks responses in relation to their technical capacity and professional ability, as well as their economic and financial standing. The Authority will evaluate the SQ responses and select the 5 highest ranking qualified candidates to proceed to the Tender stage.
SQ issue date: 04/08/2022
ITT issue date: 18/10/2022
Contract award: 21/02/2023
Stage 2 start: December 2023
Contract Completion: November 2025
Please note that GCC intends to use the information gathered to shape the proposed procurement process, and contract for the J10 Scheme. As such commercially confidential or sensitive information should not be provided and GCC reserves the right in its absolute discretion to use (or not use) the information provided, or any part thereof to shape any future procurement process. Information provided may become public. Participating in this market sounding exercise will not guarantee short-listing at any later stage in the procurement, and GCC reserves the right not to proceed with the procurement process in any form.
GCC will not meet any costs incurred by any party in responding to this notice, or in attending any further engagement deemed required for the J10 scheme.
If you have any questions please ask them via the messages function of Procontract.