Decision details

Diving (Underwater) Inspections and Maintenance of Bridges Contract 2021-2025

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


That a contract shall be procured for the provision of underwater inspections and maintenance, the contract will run from October 2021 to October 2025. The form of contract will be a NEC4 Term Service Short Contract.

Reasons for the decision:

As part of the Highways Asset management plan underwater inspection are carried out on the most at risk structures as well as additional inspections will be carried out after localised flood events. Small repair jobs in otherwise difficult locations to due water depth and speed are also difficult for most contractors to undertake, the use of a “diving” framework to carry out works ensures that repairs can be prioritised and undertaken quickly and effectively.

Alternative options considered:

The NYCC highways consultant (WSP) could carry out the inspections, however they would need to subcontract out to specialist firms.

Publication date: 10/06/2021

Date of decision: 10/06/2021