The Brief

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) appointed WRM to provide technical consultancy and procurement management services in the contracting of a treatment solution for some 200,000 tonnes per annum of co-mingled food and garden waste. WRM’s scope of work involved working in partnership with financial and legal co-professionals on a Design Build Operate (DBO) procurement which followed the termination of the 25-year PFI contract. The scope was extended to include strategy option modelling work that informed a change in procurement approach, and the letting go of a four-year mercantile interim contract.

The Solution

Due to the long term nature of the procurement, Walker Resource Management provided consultancy support on a secondment basis, effectively working as a client representative for GMCA. This approach enabled WRM to drive the project and to assume a strategic level of decision making, whilst drawing on expertise from the wider WRM team as required.

How WRM Delivered The Procurement

  • Procurement Management: we were responsible for maintaining the project programme whilst ensuring strict compliance with procurement regulations.
  • Procurement Strategy: A strategic review of the procurement was delivered following a government announcement during the project Our team formulated the framework approach following GMCA’s decision to change the procurement scope.
  • Document Preparation and Management: including drafting technical and procedural documents and collating wider advisory input.
  • Client and Advisor Liaison: we assumed the central role in coordinating a team of 20 from GMCA, it’s partner authorities, and financial and legal co-professionals.
  • Tenderer Communication: WRM staff managed and undertook all tenderer communications on behalf of GMCA. This included procurement portal management and chairing two rounds of competitive dialogue meetings.
  • Technical Review: including management and scrutiny of project data room and technical challenge of supplier information during dialogue.
  • Tender Evaluation: from initial SQ responses, to detailed BDO proposals, and latterly technical and commercial evaluation of call-off submissions made under the framework.
    Contract Award Notifications: including drafting all successful and unsuccessful supplier notifications.
  • Closure Support: working with GMCA’s legal advisors to concluded and execute contracts documentation.

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