13 January 2022 | Collaboration | Our Work

View from the top: Route to market for LCRIG members

Last week I mentioned what we were hoping to do concerning the application of cold lay materials and this week we have been developing our ‘brief’. In conjunction with one of our members, NYHighways, we have broken it down into the following;

What are we doing? LCRIG, in collaboration with NYHighways, intend on commencing a procurement exercise to put in place a compliant route to market for all LCRIG members for the supply of Cold Lay Material. Work has started to identify potential uses/benefits for different types of material, with a view to put in place a multi-lot framework, offering different products which LCRIG members will be able to choose from based on their individual circumstances.

Why are we doing it? Cold lay material is used throughout the country for many purposes. North Yorkshire County Council use it for small, urgent repairs carried out by highways officers. Other authorities use it for larger, planned repairs carried out by general maintenance gangs under road closures. Whatever the use, cold lay material is storable, does not need to be collected from a hot box/plant, or need to be kept hot, and any surplus material can be kept and reused at a later date. Having a nationwide agreement, with a specification endorsed by the RSTA, provides a standardised product(s) which may lead to further standardised ways of working across authority boundaries. Pooling the requirements of LCRIG members, should provide suppliers with the confidence of demand, allowing more preferential rates to be provided than if an individual authority were to contract with them alone.

When do we propose to do it? Initial discussions have already commenced, with the expectation to coordinate members requirements over the next few months.

What do we hope to achieve? An easy, compliant route to market for all LCRIG members, allowing members to focus on other aspects of their business; standardisation of repairs for members of the public; potential savings from combined economies of scale; and a reduction in tenders suppliers need to complete in order to do business with LCRIG members.

If any of you have any particular experience or knowledge of using cold lay materials, I’d really like to hear your views.