The Coal Authority has announced that it is to launch the search for ground investigation partners in March next year to partner with on a four year framework deal.
The announcement in the Official Journal of the European Union follows on from news that the organisation will also be launching another framework to cover both ground investigation and grouting work earlier this week.
The work under the latest ground investigation framework will be split across five regions covering Scotland East and West; Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria; North, West and South Yorkshire; Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire; and North and South Wales, Pembrokeshire, North Gloucestershire (Forest of Dean), Cheshire and Lancashire.
The Coal Authority has said that it expects to appoint up to three contractors for each region.
In addition to undertaking ground investigation of ground collapses and building damage resulting from recorded and unrecorded mine workings, successful bidders will also have to demonstrate competency in safe working platforms for plant and labour which is designed to span potential collapse zones.
The contract notice for the framework is expected to be published in 3 March and the framework itself is planned to start in August 2019.