Highways England asks for input on new smart motorways procurement plan

ICE is helping Highways England explain how its proposed new commercial procurement model could work.

Highways England: new procurement model will support Smart Motorways Programme
Highways England: new procurement model will support Smart Motorways Programme

Highways England is developing a new procurement model to deliver the Smart Motorways Programme (SMP). This falls under the wider Routes to Market programme for procurement.

Working with the Department for Transport, Highways England operates, maintains and improves motorways and major A roads. Its work supports economic growth by connecting people and businesses across England while making the network safer for those using and working on them.

The new SMP procurement model proposes new ways of working between the agency and its supply chain, drawing on an incentive-driven commercial model. The aim is to secure a sustainable supply chain by developing close, more collaborative and longer lasting relationships with suppliers – helping to deliver 'whole-life' value to their contracts.

Highways England is running workshops, information sessions about the new procurement model and asking for feedback.

ICE, alongside the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), is working with the agency to coordinate workshops examining the new procurement models in further detail.

The move towards more collaborative methods of working with supply chains is a theme of ICE and the Infrastructure Client Group's work on Project 13.

Register your interest by 8 February

To register your interest in participating in the engagement exercise, please send an email to [email protected] with the following information by 5pm on 8 February 2018 (registrations of interest cannot be received after this date):

  • Organisation name, website and key contact details
  • Organisation size / turnover
  • Industry / sector specialism
  • Areas of experience / expertise

Please note that Highways England will supply further information about the proposed model, as well as information on the different engagement methods, by mid-February to those who have registered an interest.

Download the prior information notice