Highways England has announced contracts worth up to £8.7bn of work on motorways and major A roads in the UK to ensure better planned roadworks and more reliable journeys.
The contracts have been awarded to 13 supply chain partners to collaborate regionally to carry out the work.
The deals have been formed using the Routes to Market Regional Delivery Partnership, which provides incentives to companies to improve safety and journeys on the roads.
The incentives will be provided to achieve results, including shorter duration and more accurate management of roadworks; buy more efficiently and locally to benefit the region; encourage innovation to reduce maintenance and disruption and improve road worker safety; and reduce road noise and increase environmental benefits.
Called Delivery Integration Partners, the 13 companies will be part of the Regional Delivery Partnership and will develop, design and construct highway projects across England from 2019 through to 2024.
The work consists of eight lots and the value, allocated across the 13 companies, will be shared between suppliers on the lot over a six-year period.
Work under Lot 1 will be taken up in South West and Midlands and the contract is worth £200m. This lot has been awarded to two partners: Geoffrey Osborne; and Griffiths / Farrans Joint Venture (Alun Griffiths (Construction) and Northstone (NI), trading as Farrans Construction.
Lot 2 is for works in the South East and East and is worth £350m. This lot has been awarded to two partners: John Graham Construction, and Volker Fitzpatrick.
Lot 3, under which works will be executed in North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humber, is worth £200m. The contract has been awarded to two partners: Amey Sir Robert McAlpine Joint Venture (Amey OW and Sir Robert McAlpine) and North Midland Construction.
Lot 4, worth £800m, is for works in the South West, and has been awarded to two partners: Galliford Try Infrastructure and Taylor Woodrow.
BAM Nuttall and Skanska Construction UK have been awarded Lot 5, worth £1,250m, to undertake works in the Midlands.
Similarly, BAM Nuttall and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering have won Lot 6 package worth £1,100m to execute works in the South East.
Three partners – Costain, Galliford Try Infrastructure, and Skanska Construction UK – have been awarded Lot 7, worth £2,800m, for works in the East.
Lot 8, worth £2,000m, is for works in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humber, has been awarded to three partners – Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Costain, and Kier Highways.
The work is divided into 18 packages of schemes and has been awarded in bands of up to £100m (Lots 1 to 3) and over £100m (Lots 4 to 8).
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