Riverside offers £60m contract

Social housing provider seeks contractors for range of landscape and civic construction work.

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.

KeyStat

The value of landscape and construction contracts being offered by social housing provider Riverside

£1m-£60m


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Trees and Shrubs - Planting benefits

Trees and Shrubs - Planting benefits

The message that health, the environment and business all benefit from trees is finally getting through, but are nurseries seeing an upturn? Sally Drury reports.

Trees and Shrubs - Planting products

Trees and Shrubs - Planting products

Young trees face a tough challenge to get established. Sally Drury looks at some of the best products available to help ensure successful planting projects.

Arbutus

Arbutus

These evergreen trees and shrubs have decorative bark and can flower and fruit simultaneously, says Miranda Kimberley.


Survey

What kit and machinery do you most want to read about in Horticulture Week?

What kit and machinery do you most want to read about in Horticulture Week?

Horticulture Week would like your help to identify the machinery you most want to see reviewed.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

BUSINESS LEADs

Build your business with the latest public sector tenders covering landscape, arboriculture, grounds care, production and kit supplies. To receive the latest tenders weekly to your inbox sign up for our Tenders Tracker bulletin here.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Horticulture Week Top 50 Landscape and maintenance contractors

See our exclusive RANKING of landscape and maintenance contractors by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS

PLANT SUPPLIERS GUIDE

Free to subscribers, the essential guide for professional plant buyers
 

Download your copy

Products & Kit Resources