LUTON COUNCIL is calling for bids to join a framework for the provision of roofing and solar photovoltaic (PV) over a two-year period from June this year.
The Council employs a building maintenance division called BTS which is also a trading arm of the Council. They use direct labour as well as sub-contractors.
The purpose of the tender is to set up an Internal frame work of roofing and solar PV support contractors with the view to award a primary provider for each lot on a reactive and small works basis and up to a maximum of three contingents to provide support as required by the council.
AT1129 – Provision of Roofing and Solar PV is categorised under their Building Construction Materials and bids can be for individual or all lots. The lots are:
Roof Tiling repairs and replacement – The council has a requirement to survey pitched roofs on a programmed basis in accordance with Decent Homes legislation. This identifies individual properties and streets of properties where the tiled roof coverings have reached approximately 50 years old and/or are no longer fit for purpose.
The works required to each property will be specified by the CA prior to the works and the detailed specification can be found in SD1 – Tiled Re-roofing and Insulation Specification. As part of the works, it is also a requirement that the ventilation and insulation in the roof space is bought up to current building regulation requirements. The provider is to allow for protection of the property and the surrounding as work progresses and for the removal of all waste produced from site
Flat roofing repairs and replacement – Works will be mainly to flat roof extensions and bay windows to houses and flats, but also may be required to communal buildings including balconies and walkways. The contractor may be required to carry out patch repairs as well as complete replacement coverings. The extent of the works will be decided by the CA in consultation with the successful contractor. The detailed specification can be found in SD2 – Flat Roof Reroofing Specification.
As part of the works, the contractor may be required to repair or replace decking and improve insulation to current building regulation requirements. The provider is to allow for protection of the property and the surrounding as work progresses and for the removal of all waste produced from site.
Shed roof replacement – Many of the Council’s properties have an external brick built shed. Generally these have low pitch roofs which are currently covered with asbestos cement sheets. The replacement roof covering is to be with plastisol coated, profiled steel sheets. The detailed specification for this work can be found in SD3 – Shed Roof Specification.
Contractors within this lot must be licensed to remove the asbestos sheets and follow the correct procedures for removal from site and disposal (including providing all consignment notes to the CA). There are other shed roofs which are either felted or tiled, but these will fall within the scope of Lots 1 or 2 and not this lot.
Gutters, fascia’s and soffits
Gutters, fascia’s and soffits -The council has a programme to replace soffits and fascia’s with UPVC. This work is also associated with the replacement of gutters and downpipes. The works may either be done in conjunction with roof replacement, done as a standalone replacement, or part of a new build construction (first time installation). The detailed specification for this work can be found in SD4 – Gutters Fascias and Soffits Specification.
The contractor will not need to provide access for the works as this will be arranged by the CA. If the existing soffits and fascias contain asbestos, they will be removed by others prior to commencement of the works. In all other circumstances the winning provider will be required to remove all waste from site.
The Council is installing solar PV onto properties on a planned basis as the budget becomes available for this to happen. This allows the tenant to take advantage of the free electricity generated which will reduce fuel poverty for them going forward and for the Council to receive any feed in tariff to fund the programme. This programme will contribute towards the goal of making the town more sustainable, allowing the Council to move towards net carbon zero and protect the disadvantaged from fuel poverty.
The successful contractor will be required to carry out some design work and provide technical advice as part of the contract. The detailed specification for this requirement can be found in SD5 – Solar PV Specification. The works may be carried out in conjunction with Lot 1 where properties are being reroofed, may be on newly built properties, or may be a standalone installation where only the roofing relating to the area covered with PV panels will be effected. Access for the works will be provided by the CA.
Opportunities are advertised on the Luton Council ProContract Due North portal site.