term contract for highway services. The contract is for an initial period of 5.5 years extendable to 10.5 years subject to satisfactory performance.
The contract, which commences on 1 October, involves the management maintenance and improvement of the county's roads, bridges, street lighting and traffic signals and has an annual value of approximately£20m. Amey, in partnership with Bedfordshire CC, will be responsible for ensuring the health of the county highway network by identifying the need for maintenance, renewal and improvement schemes and delivering the scheme programme to achieve the council's performance targets.
The contract was won on the basis of the most economically advantageous offer assessed 75% on quality and 25% on cost. Amey scored as follows:
Quality score 76
Cost score 48
Combined score 69
(75% of quality + 25% of cost = Combined score)
The remaining tenderers in alphabetical order were:
Bedfordshire TranServ (RCS/Mouchell Parkman joint venture)
Carillion/URS joint venture
Ringway/Jacobs-Babtie joint venture
The remaining scores in descending combined score are as follows:
Tenderer Quality Cost Combined Score
Accord 67 70 68
Atkins 66 62 65
Bedfordshire TransServ 71 32 61
Carillion/URS 75 16 60
Ringway/Jacobs-Babtie 69 25 58
The council's strategic director (environment), Tim Malynn, said:
'This is an innovative form of contract for local authority procurement and the quality of the submissions was of a very high standard. I would therefore like to thank all the tenderers for their efforts in putting together some very high quality bids and to congratulate Amey for their excellent tender submission which struck the right balance between a good quality service and an affordable price. I am confident that Amey, in partnership with Bedfordshire CC, will help to deliver the step change in performance we are looking for'.