Social housing provider Riverside has issued a contract notice worth up to £60m for landscape and civic construction work.
The four-year contract includes all aspects of hard and soft landscaping including developing parks, planting, pathways and boundaries, installation of water services, art integration, street furniture provision, street lighting, carriageway alterations, junctions, lighting and signage. Successful bidders will begin the contract in September.
The tender is for works across all of Riverside's neighbourhoods in Scotland and England including the Midlands, North West, North East, South West and Lee Valley in Merseyside.
Riverside is encouraging local firms to apply and expects to appoint a minimum of three contractors in each region, with a maximum of 30 in total, who must all be able to carry out all elements of work in the contract.
The Merseyside lot incorporates work on a major regeneration project on the Lee Valley estate in south Liverpool, which includes a £5m investment from Riverside and forms part of the firm's green space strategy for the area.
The scheme aims to transform the area through street improvements including tree planting, the creation of four neighbourhood parks, a number of linear parks and other community spaces. It will also boost biodiversity through natural open spaces and create more play and sports facilities. Contractors bidding for the work will need experience of delivering projects worth more than £1m.
Hillier Landscapes managing director Richard Barnard said although many landscaping firms had worked on projects worth more than £1m, they were unlikely to win larger contracts of this kind.
"This project is more likely to go to large construction firms that will sublet the soft landscaping work to our sector, knocking out a huge proportion of the value of the work for landscapers," he pointed out.
Barnard said the documentation and accreditations that were needed for large-scale work were prohibitive for smaller and many medium-sized landscape contractors.
"We are starting to see just the big boys who have everything in place and the smaller ones falling by the wayside and turning to the domestic market," he added.
Contractors wishing to tender should register interest by emailing Kate Mullin at riverside_lccf@value works.co.uk by 16 August.
The value of landscape and construction contracts being offered by social housing provider Riverside