Galliford Try wins two road upgrade contracts worth £435m in UK

WCN Editorial Team 23 Sep 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

UK-based construction firm Galliford Try has been awarded contracts worth £435m by the Highways England, a government-owned company for operating, maintaining and improving England's motorways, to deliver two major road upgrades.

The projects to be delivered by Galliford Try include the £300m A47 corridor improvement programme around Norwich and Peterborough as well as the £135m Sparkford to Ilchester dualling scheme along the A303 corridor in Somerset.

The contracts are the first Band B deals to be announced by Highways England as part of the Regional Delivery Partnerships framework, since it was announced last year.

The framework is divided into Band A contracts (valued at less than £100m) and Band B (more than £100m). Only A Band deals have been signed till date.

Highways England major projects executive director Peter Mumford said: “These are among 13 companies that will be working with us to deliver these important road projects, safely, and with our customers in mind.

“To achieve this we have worked hard to create alignment between ourselves and our supply chain, focusing on the behaviours that support us to achieve our shared goals.

“This is clear evidence that new ways of working are being embraced by the market, which is now seizing the opportunity to work in a more integrated way with us, representing a fundamental change in the way we deliver our road projects.

“We will continue to work with the supply chain and look forward to completing and announcing more contracts in due course.”

The A47 improvement programme involves upgrades to three sections to dual carriageway as well as two junction improvements. Scheduled for completion in 2024, the programme is subject to planning consent.  

Construction on the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester scheme, which is due to receive planning consent, is scheduled to commence in March 2020.

Earlier this year, Galliford Try’s Building business has been selected by The Portman Estate for a £55m project to rebuild 1-4 Marble Arch in London. The new building will include three floors of retail space and seven floors of Category A offices.

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Image: The A303 single carriageway section between Sparkford and Ilchester. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

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