Work will now start on engaging with specialist engineering companies and resources as part of the Generation 4 Technical Resources Framework. This framework will assist the County Council in delivering highways, transport and ancillary infrastructure projects as part of its capital programme.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, explained: “Good infrastructure is critical to Hampshire’s prosperity and quality of life for those who live and work here. Having a framework like this in place ensures we can make the best use of the resources we have, saving time and money by not having to start the procurement process from scratch every time we embark on a major project.”
The Generation 4 framework will assist the County Council’s in-house resources by providing design and supervision resources for projects valued between £50,000 and £150million, and will be put in place once the current framework (Generation 3) expires in the Spring of 2020.
Councillor Humby continued: “The current framework has served the County Council well and made sure that resources were available to deliver projects efficiently and effectively, bringing infrastructure improvements across Hampshire. By the time it expires next year, around £24 million of specialist design and resources will have gone through this framework. The new framework will provide resilient resources for ambitious future infrastructure projects by collaborating with suppliers who will be assessed on a range of areas including value for money and emphasis on public service delivery.”
For the first time, access to the framework will be given to other appropriate public organisations operating within the Hampshire geographical area.