Highways England has issued a prior information notice for a four year ground investigation framework contract.
According to the notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the work is expected to be divided into lots with both regional and national elements but the exact number has yet to be determined.
Highways England has said that successful bidders will undertake a range of ground investigation tasks including investigating known unresolved issues to identify geotechnical hazards, providing information for geotechnical and geo-environmental risk assessments for the planning and design submissions, providing information for the detailed design and construction and defining and identifying additional investigations necessary to improve the management of geotechnical risks.
According to Highways England, the framework is also likely to be made available for use by external authorities.
The roads authority will run a ground investigations supplier community in Nottingham on 25 April. Although Highways England has said that suppliers do not have to be part of the community to tender for this work, the event will give an opportunity for potential bidders to gain greater insight into the opportunity but any information discussed will be shared with all bidders in due course.
Highways England has said that it plans to use the Bravo system to issue the tender opportunity, which is expected to be issued on 5 August.