Rijkswaterstaat awards TEC the engineering services for the renovation of 7 tunnels in South Holland
Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) awarded the engineering services contract for the renovation of 7 tunnels in South Holland to Tunnel Engineering Consultants (TEC), a joint venture of Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos. Over the next years, Rijkswaterstaat and TEC will work together to complete the plan study, prepare the contract, and supervise the implementation of the renovations.
Most tunnels in South Holland were built in the second half of the last century or at the beginning of this century. To keep them safe and accessible in the future, Rijkswaterstaat will renovate the tunnels.
Largest engineering services contract ever awarded by Rijkswaterstaat
Never before has such a large engineering services contract been tendered by Rijkswaterstaat. Starting early next year, TEC will map out exactly what work is required per tunnel, starting with the Noordtunnel. This is followed by the Drecht tunnel, Benelux tunnel, Sijtwende tunnel, Tweede Heinenoord tunnel, Thomassen tunnel and Botlek tunnel. Rijkswaterstaat and TEC jointly supervise the tenders for the contractors who will carry out the work.
Best value for money
Rijkswaterstaat selected this tender based on the best price-quality ratio, BPKV (formerly Economically Most Advantageous Tender). BPKV is a method to include quality aspects in addition to price in the assessment and to honour this extra quality. This system helps to make better use of the innovative power and creativity of the market.
Director at TEC, Hans de Wit: “We are looking forward using our (inter)national experience of the past 35 years in this innovative and integrated tender. Bundling tunnel renovations within a tender is a smart way to apply new and sustainable techniques within the replacement and renovation task. This contributes to improved efficiency of tunnel operation and maintenance.”