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Network Rail spreads Design Services Framework contacts worth £640m between 34 suppliers


Network Rail has announced the organisations that will benefit from its Design Services Framework (DSF) contacts during the current control period (CP6 – from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2024) with options to extend into CP7 (1 April 2024 to 31 March 2029)

Four companies have been awarded multi-disciplinary contracts on a national basis. These are AECOM, Jacobs UK, Mott MacDonald and WSP.

A further 78 single-discipline contracts have been awarded on a regional basis. All four of the multi-disciplinary contractors have also picked up either two or three single-discipline contracts, but the remaining 68 contracts are split between another 30 suppliers. This is in line with Network Rail’s aspirations for the DSF to provide the infrastructure owner with access to a wider range of multi-skilled suppliers, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs,) which form around 25 per cent of the single-discipline suppliers.

The estimated value of the DSF contracts is an estimated £400 million for CP6 and up to £640 million if the options to extend the framework into CP7 are included.

Daljinder Chatta, Network Rail.

The full list of the framework contracts, which went live on 1st January 2020, and the 34 companies that have been awarded them, is shown below.

Announcing the new framework contracts, Daljinder Chatta, Network Rail’s commercial director, said: “Network Rail will have greater access to a design support network providing mutual benefits to both Network Rail and the supply chain.

“Some of these include working more directly with suppliers, improved assurance, getting closer to experts, improved business and safety performance and enabling innovation to thrive.”

Russell Jackson, AECOM.

Recipients of the contracts, large and small, have been quick to comment. One of the first was AECOM, which won one of the four multi-disciplinary contracts. Russell Jackson, head of rail for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “The collaborative philosophy embodied in DSF is exciting – it builds on other long term partnerships between Network Rail and the supply chain, including the Rail Systems Alliances and the Managed Services Framework – and will significantly benefit passengers through increasingly efficient and reliable rail design development.

“Having significantly invested in our multi-disciplinary rail capabilities in recent years, AECOM, along with our team of specialist partners, is looking forward to supporting Network Rail and their internal design group, alongside our fellow framework participants in efficiently delivering the CP6 renewals and enhancements workbank.”

Jeff Davies, Andromeda Engineering.

In contrast, Andromeda Engineering secured two of the single-discipline contracts and also partnered with AECOM, providing specialist electrification support, for the multi-discipline framework contract.  Managing director Jeff Davies said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded these two E&P contracts. It’s recognition of our highly skilled and experienced team of engineers who take immense pride in delivering value rail engineering designs.

“We appreciate the importance of providing innovative, cost effective solutions in a collaborative manner and look forward to working with and supporting Network Rail over the coming years.”

The framework contracts, which went live on 1st January 2020, have been awarded to the following 34 companies:

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*Note: The DSF regions align to the Network Rail regions as follows:
North West & Scotland = North West & Central; and Scotland’s Railway
North East = Eastern
South East = Southern
South West = Wales & Western



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