Highways England selects Atkins to design road improvement schemes

WCN Editorial Team 31 Oct 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Canadian construction services company SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins has been appointed by Highways England as the Principal Designer for road improvement schemes in the East of England.

Worth £49m ($63m), the contract will see Atkins prepare detailed designs and offer technical support for capital projects from the initial scheme feasibility phase through to the as-built phase.

Work is expected to begin next January and will be reported under SNCL Engineering Services, a key pillar of SNC-Lavalin’s growth strategy, the company said.

Atkins president, SNC-Lavalin engineering, design & project management Philip Hoare said: “We have a long history of helping Highways England design and maintain a road network which enables the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the country.

“This latest contract increases our presence in the East of England, giving us the opportunity to improve the region’s roads through innovative design and the application of the latest technology.”

Atkins will closely with its supply and will look to adopt digital tools wherever possible, drawing on the likes of automation and lean tools for efficiency and to increase safety and reduce costs.

The appointment of Atkins to the East of England improvement scheme, adds a strong portfolio with Highways England which includes major motorway improvement works and the A14 bypass which recently opened a year ahead of schedule.

Last week, Highways England announced plans to reduce congestion and accidents on the A12 route, linking the East of England and London. The plan will see widening a 24km section of the road between Chelmsford and Marks Tey.

The announcement confirms the option to widen the A12 route between the junctions 19 and 23 and sets out four new options for improvements between junctions 23 and 25, which take into account plans for a new garden community at Marks Tey.

Also, earlier this month, Highways England announced its contractors have started investigations on the habitats of otters, birds and bats which need to be protected by law during the construction work on the proposed A5036 bypass.

Nearly 23,000 vehicles are presently using the existing route of the A5036 every day, passing hundreds of homes and several schools in Litherland and Netherton. The number also includes nearly 2,500 HGVs travelling to and from the port, which equivalent of one lorry joining the A5036 every 30 seconds.

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Image: SNC Lavalin selected by Highways England. Photo: Courtesy of Free-Photos/Pixabay

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