Highways England has said that it is working with its supply chain to review framework agreements for ground investigation “to streamline the procurement process and provide better cost control”.
“The relatively short-term nature of ground investigations tends to magnify the impact of price volatility within the sector,” said a Highways England spokesperson.
“We currently procure ground investigations through a number of existing framework agreements and are already reviewing these with our supply chain.
“Highways England continues to work with its supply chain to allow them to better see the upcoming programme of work to help our contractors better plan their resources and increase the capacity within the sector.”
According to Highways England, this improved planning will also help with scheduling work during off peak hours where closures are required and with negotiations with multiple landowners.
“Highways England is delivering a record £15bn investment in roads and we are working with our suppliers to provide better value for money,” said the organisation’s spokesperson.
“The cost of ground investigations can be impacted by a number of factors, largely the increased demand for these surveys across the UK infrastructure sector. As a government company it is important that we deliver value for money and we have a proven track record of doing so.”