Trafford invites job tenders

A £3m-plus contract is up for grabs with Trafford Council, which would prefer contractors who employ their own trained staff rather than those who subcontract.

It is seeking contractors with previous experience for general landscaping and sports field construction. It aims to establish a framework of up to eight contractors for a period of two-and-a-half years, with an estimated framework value up to £3.25m.

A general landscaping contract is likely to involve work to public and school play areas, sports courts and drainage, planting and public realm schemes including hard and soft landscaping.

The sports field work will involve constructing and improving natural and artificial surfaces in schools and public parks for football, rugby, crown green bowling, golf and hockey provision.

The general landscaping contract is worth between £1m and £2.5m while the sports field construction contract is valued at between £125,000 and £750,000. Applicants must have experience in landscaping work for parks, sports grounds, recreational areas and playgrounds.

Trafford Council representative Clare Chamberlain said: "One of the things that we have noticed from past experience is that the most successful schemes have been done when working with contractors with their own employed workforce." She added: "In the past, these have been our most successful projects."

Commenting on the turf contract, she said: "It's most likely to be small-scale pitch rejuvenation projects. Full pitch construction projects are possible but it's very unlikely that there will be more than one a year."

On the general landscaping contract, she said: "We have said that the project values are likely to be between £50,000 and £60,000."

- For further details, call Clare Chamberlain on 0131 912 1244 or email clare.chamberlain@ The deadline for applications is 18 August.

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