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Civil Engineering Contract

High Level Scope

The Canal & River Trust is the charity that cares for and brings to life 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales. The Trust is among the UK’s biggest charities, with responsibility for 2,000 miles of navigation and over 10,000 structures which include aqueducts, locks, bridges, reservoirs and embankments. It is the third largest owner of listed structures (including scheduled ancient monuments) in the UK.  

The Trust is aiming to award a new Civil Engineering Construction Framework Contract under the NEC4 to two National Framework Contracts for undertaking complex civil works, and up to twelve regional framework contracts for non-complex civil works, with the recognition that complex works may also be awarded out of area as required. The multi-contractor Framework Contract delivery model being proposed, and the aspiration to move to a design and build approach, represent a significant step change for the Trust. 

The new Civil Engineering Construction Framework Contract will allow the Trust to undertake engineering, construction, maintenance and renewal works across this unique network. The scope of the contract includes early contractor involvement, scheme design and development, delivery of works, and all associated aspects of project and construction delivery. 

Accordingly, an OJEU procurement process has been designed to allow the Trust to undertake a thorough assessment of the wider supply chain, in order to fully explore opportunities to establish collaborative working relationships with a select number of framework contractors who are best able to offer the Trust agile, innovative and commercially efficient solutions. 

An information pack detailing contract structure, work type, lot values etc and how to register interest is available by emailing 



Last date edited: 10 December 2020