Highways England awards multi-billion pound contracts

Highways England has launched a new era of road building as it confirms a number of ground-breaking multi-billion pound contracts.

The contracts, which will encourage better planned roadworks resulting in more reliable journeys, will see Highways England collaborate with 13 supply chain partners. The contracts will see some £8.7Bn of works completed across the country on England’s motorways and major A roads.

The industry-leading approach; the Routes to Market Regional Delivery Partnership, has been used to set up the partnerships. The new scheme incentivises companies to improve safety and journeys on Highways England roads, encouraging innovation, increasing environmental benefits and encouraging efficiency.

Highways England Chief Executive, Jim O’Sullivan said: “Routes to Market represents a fundamental change in the way we deliver road projects.  It will be performance rather than price based, focusing on building the right projects with the best outcomes for road users and the communities we serve.

“It demands a major step up in our supply chain to embrace innovation and team work and in their ability to deliver value.”

The 13 companies – known as Delivery Integration Partners – will be part of the Regional Delivery Partnership working with Highways England. They will develop, design and construct highway projects across England from 2019 through to 2024.

Until now, Highways England has procured work on a scheme by scheme basis. This new approach provides a secure pipeline of work, instilling confidence to invest in skills and employment. Driving value for money, innovation and delivery certainty, the Regional Delivery Partnership model has been designed to start a long overdue transformation within the infrastructure construction sector.

Companies awarded partnership status, are:

Lot 1 – South West & Midlands – £200M – two partners: Geoffrey Osborne Ltd; and Griffiths / Farrans Joint Venture (Alun Griffiths (Construction) Ltd and Northstone (NI) Limited trading as Farrans Construction)

Lot 2 – South East & East – £350M – two partners: John Graham Construction Ltd; and Volker Fitzpatrick Ltd

Lot 3 – North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humber – £200M –  two partners: Amey Sir Robert McAlpine Joint Venture (Amey OW Ltd and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd); and North Midland Construction Plc

Lot 4 – South West – £800M – two partners: Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd; and Taylor Woodrow

Lot 5 – Midlands – £1,250M – two partners: BAM Nuttall Ltd; and Skanska Construction UK Ltd

Lot 6 – South East – £1,100M – two partners: BAM Nuttall Ltd; and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd

Lot 7 – East – £2,800M – three partners: Costain Ltd; Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd; and Skanska Construction UK Ltd

Lot 8 – North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humber – £2,000M – three partners: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd; Costain Ltd; and Kier Highways Ltd.

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