B5605 Newbridge

Work to repair the B5605 Newbridge Road has taken a step forward with the news that we are now inviting contractors to bid to undertake the work on eTender Wales.

We are looking for a company that has a proven track record in this field of work, the decision has been made to advertise via the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent (NMWTRA) Contractor Framework. This route to market should ensure compliance and an agreed outcome within our Financial Regulation Documentation.

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Contractors will have 6 weeks to submit their bids with an opportunity after 3 weeks to answer any points of detail they raise.

After six weeks the tenders will be evaluated in line with our Procurement processes and any issues resolved before the preferred bidder is chosen.

The complexity of this scheme requires bespoke design and build detail and associated planning and procurement and we’re pleased that this support is being provided by Consulting Engineers (Atkins) with contractual risk very much in their focus. Progress has now been made to a stage where the invitation to tender, via the aforementioned Framework, for the next major stage can proceed with confidence, with diligence to date paying dividends and maximising the potential for a smooth transition to the construction phase that follows.

The added advantage of the forthcoming Spring and Summer seasons to deal with the most complex phases of the repair will also hopefully deliver its own benefits with the high quality outcome much deserved by the residents of Wrexham.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for the Environment, said, “I am pleased that work on this important project has reached this point.

“The closure of the road has had a significant impact on local communities and emergency services who are having to drive miles out of their way, often on a daily basis.

Timeline of events so far:

January 2021 – The huge Storm Christoph hit and caused the critical failure of the embankment which forced the closure of the road.

March 2021 – Following the results of the initial ground investigations, a further report to arrange for an assessment of ground condition at the site was commissioned.

April 2021 – More detailed surveys were undertaken which were duly processed and formed part of the initial repair options report. Further, more targeted ground Investigation followed, data has been and continues to be collected on an ongoing basis to assess ground water conditions and monitor any deep ground movement.

May 2021 – £175k was awarded by Welsh Government to reimburse our costs to date, and to fund further preparatory studies. This funding was also used to develop an options report and estimated costings for the stabilisation and repair of the slope.

February 2022 – We were invited by Welsh Government to submit a bid for grant funding which was submitted in March, supported by the information collated by that time, and we were pleased to be awarded the funding applied for in full in April 2022.

Work progressed in producing the specification documents and approach towards appointing Consulting Engineers. This was advertised, via an identified Framework, in October 2022 and the successful Consulting Engineers appointed in November 2022.

November/December 2022 – In the lead up to Christmas and the New Year the Consultant’s team had been developed and has been preparing the necessary documents for submitting invitations for the Design and Build Contractor to bid for the scheme that will involve the repair to the landslip area and reinstatement of the carriageway, and the Council is pleased to confirm that these documents have been posted on eTender Wales.

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