Waltham Forest strikes a first with Project Centre

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is the first Local Authority to sign up to the Ealing Council Framework Contract via an Access Agreement. The contract is for Highways and Transportation services and is open to all members of the London Contract and Supplies Group. This includes all the London Boroughs and a host of other public and third sector organisations within the Greater London area. Waltham Forest will be entering into a direct contract with Project Centre, part of the NSL Services Group, which was awarded preferred consultant status following a competitive tendering exercise.

The contract will cover a range of consultancy services, including highways engineering, maintenance, and management, as well as parking policy, traffic order making, and traffic planning, urban design, and utilities and drainage.

Adam Cozens, Head of Client Services at Project Centre, said: “We are delighted to partner with Waltham Forest. The framework is a robust contract and is testament to Ealing Council and the innovative way in which they envisage London Councils sharing quality and affordable service to support their teams with delivering engineering projects.”

The Access Agreement allows other Local authorities to access the competitive rates and quality of services offered by the successful tenderer without the significant costs and time constraints of a separate tendering exercise and is a great example of public sector partnership working by Ealing council.

Kathiravelu Valavan, Head of Highways and Infrastructure, London Borough of Waltham Forest, said: “My priority is to ensure the delivery of a highly efficient cost-conscious service that is also of the highest calibre, therefore the Ealing Framework Contract, via the Access Agreement, offers a great degree of reassurance, whilst saving Waltham Forest both time and money. We are delighted that Project Centre was selected as the Preferred Consultant

during this process, and look forward to working with them.”

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For further information, please contact Dr Belinda Webb, NSL Head of Communications, on 020 7430 6912 or 07825 088794.

Notes to Editors:

• Project Centre is part of the NSL Services Group, which employs more than 4,500 people and has over 100 offices throughout the UK. NSL provides tailored solutions for the following markets:
o Enforcement – on and off-street enforcement services; NSL is the UK’s biggest employer of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), Parking Attendants, and Traffic Attendants. NSL manages over 500 car-parks and delivers effective traffic management enforcement services for most of the UK’s major cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, and London – where NSL works in partnership with 18 Boroughs.
o Patient and Passenger Transport –non-emergency and specialist NHS patient transport services. Passenger transport services across Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
o Business Processing – identity validation solutions, and back office operations, including Shared Service Centres in Croydon, Coventry and Oldham for Transport for London (TfL), Local Government and the NHS.
o Consultancy – NSL provides a wide range of consultancy services, including parking design, traffic modelling, urban design and road safety engineering.
• NSL is an Investor in People Champion, and was awarded an Investor in People GOLD Award, joining the top 2% of UK organisations to have achieved the prestigious standard, which is given only to organisations who can demonstrate excellence in developing and supporting their staff.