Invitation to Tender

Bright Water Landscape Project

ITT Tender Pack for Bright Water River Skerne Work – Aycliffe to Skerningham

Invitation to Tender

Deadline: Monday October 15th 2018


Download : Copy of Bill of Quantities template

Download : DWT – Bright Water Standard Terms and Conditions Final

Download: ITT 1 River Skerne Improvements – Aycliffe to Skerningham Final

Download: ITT2 River Skerne Improvements Aycliffe to Skerningham ITT Tender Final


This specification sets out the works required to deliver in river improvements to the River Skerne between Skerningham and Aycliffe to be delivered in 2018-19 and 2019-20 for the Durham Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded Bright Water Landscape Partnership.

Bright Water covers an area of approximately 200km2 within lowland County Durham and Darlington, focusing on the River Skerne catchment from Hurworth Burn reservoir to South Park in Darlington (see Figure 1). The project area includes the communities of Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Bishop Middleham, Fishburn, Heighington, Brafferton, Barmpton and Darlington. The project’s Delivery Phase runs from July 2018-March 2022.

The Project & Vision

Over the last two hundred years, the landscape of this area has been significantly altered, including the River Skerne itself. There is an important history of globally significant innovation occurring within the area that influenced both the agricultural and industrial revolutions. However, there is a general lack of awareness and appreciation of this local heritage. Many people are not well connected to the landscape on their doorstep. There are physical barriers to access, with the A1 and the East Coast main line bisecting the landscape and intellectual barriers with limited information available on what the landscape has to offer.

The vision of the Bright Water Landscape Partnership is to reveal a heritage of change and innovation, supporting opportunities to enhance and enjoy the natural, built and farmed landscape, realising gifts for now and the future, raising aspirations and inspiring communities. To achieve this vision the partnership will aim to:

Work to reveal the landscape of the past, showing how it has been shaped by man (human activity) over thousands of years

  • Work with landowners, local communities and other partners to reveal, restore and enhance key elements of the natural, built and cultural landscape
  • Enable more people to access the heritage of the landscape, helping to improve health and well-being
  • Highlight the cultural heritage of the area, a story of wide-ranging innovation that has shaped the modern world –which includes both the birth of the railways and cattle breeding programmes which produced the magnificent Durham Ox
  • Provide opportunities for learning and training, ensuring the heritage of the area is better known and conserved
  • Provide new opportunities for businesses, making them more resilient in the future.

Please see the attached Tender documents for further information.

Tenderers can clarify any points of doubt or difficulty by contacting:
Paul Black, Bright Water Partnership Manager,
Tel 01325 327 342