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Highways England’s £8.7bn framework: 13 winning contractors revealed

Posted on Nov 28, 2018


13 winning contractors have been announced by Highways England for its £8.7bn Regional Delivery Partnership framework.

The new framework will form the foundation of Highways England’s relationship with the supply chain for the second UK Road Investment Strategy until 2024.

The framework has been split into eight regional lots, with 1-3 covering individual packages worth under £100m, and 4-8 involving packages worth more than £100m.

It will see the newly appointed regional partners deliver schemes such as road widening and junction improvements.

Costain, a smart infrastructure company, secured two of the highest value lots of the framework – and will work on projects on English motorways and major A roads from 2018 to 2024.

Other winners include Galliford Try, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Kier.

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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.”

Contractors have been guaranteed an initial package of work under each lot, with other contracts being awarded either on a direct award basis or under a mini competition.

The firms will be expected to undertake a variety of different actions, from design to offering specialist advice on costings and future maintenance, or inspection requirements and provision, and enabling works to digital platform transformations.

Stuart Anderson, the Client Services Director at Construction Skills People, said: “It’s great that these highly skilled contractors have been awarded such great opportunities in the construction sector. Hopefully their expertise and proficiency will see a successful partnership, and the improvement of many of our roads.

“Contracts like these don’t get awarded without a highly knowledgeable and able workforce, and being safely trained in the construction industry is a huge must to secure this kind of work. Anyone working in the construction sector who would like to undertake some further training should contact us to find out more information.”