Peel Ports Group calls for bids for works across portfolio

Contracts are expected to be awarded towards the end of the year, with the programme’s total worth estimated to be US $947mn

The UK’s second largest port operator, Peel Ports Group, has initiated a tender process where contractors can submit bids for two new frameworks for a long-term construction programme that will take place across its UK and Ireland sites.

The port operator is seeking to appoint contractors to the two frameworks for a period of up to eight years. One framework will cover general construction while the other will cover marine construction. The programme is said to be worth approximately US $947mn.

According to a report, the frameworks will cover construction projects across the group’s entire portfolio of UK and Ireland ports, including the Port of Liverpool, Heysham Port, Manchester Ship Canal, London Medway, its Clydeport sites, Great Yarmouth, and Dublin Port. The scope of the frameworks will cover both existing infrastructure improvements and the development of new infrastructure.

Lewis McIntyre, Managing Director of Port Services at Peel Ports Group said, “Our ports form a network of busy logistics hubs servicing local, national and global supply chains, and this move represents a huge step in our efforts to futureproof that network, so we can keep responding and adapting to our port users’ needs in an agile way.”

The first framework covers general construction works, such as the construction and maintenance of roads, car parks, and warehouses, earthworks and ground remediation, paving and surfacing, rail construction, and demolition. The second focuses on specialised marine construction works, including asset renewal, refurbishment, and RoRo.

McIntyre added, “The long-term nature of these framework agreements allows us to build meaningful, commercially sustainable partnerships with our construction contractors. It further allows us to appoint a collection of regional suppliers to give us breadth and depth of scope, skill, and responsiveness; the way the frameworks are structured provides invaluable opportunities for the successful partners to design and build sustainable solutions for our various projects, in what will be a truly collaborative approach as we aim for Net Zero by 2040.”

The procurement process for these tenders is anticipated to occur in 2024, and contracts are expected to be awarded towards the end of the year.

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