The framework, which is set to run for two years with the option of a further two, will be for projects across the 10 boroughs and predominantly involve highways works.

Turner & Townsend, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester are leading the procurement process for the framework, which is the first of its type – the council has not previously had a framework in place to procure infrastructure works.

Packages and projects across the framework will include earthworks, highways, street lighting, bridge construction and site clearance.

There will be six lots in total (see box).

TfGM and the council have outlined a number of projects that will fall under the framework, with more than £60m in works expected to be procured during the 2016/17 financial year.

Greater Manchester’s civil engineering framework

  • Lot 1: Construction only: Works up to £500,000
  • Lot 2: Construction only: Works between £500,001 and £5m
  • Lot 3: Construction only: Works over £5m
  • Lot 4: Design and construction: Works up to £500,000
  • Lot 5: Design and construction: Works between £500,001 and £5m
  • Lot 6: Design and construction: Works over £5m

An £8.8m project to overhaul Great Ancoats Street on the edge of the city centre is among the schemes earmarked for the framework.

A package of bridge maintenance work will also be procured, with more than 300 bridges across Greater Manchester requiring repairs and repointing.

Smaller schemes in the framework include £3m of road upgrades in Collyhurst and a £3.9m project to build a 5 km segregated cycle route along Upper Chorlton Road.

Last week, Transport for Greater Manchester named 39 firms on its professional services framework, worth £60m over four years.

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