A new £750M highways framework that spans 11 local authorities has been awarded to a mix of big and smaller civils firms.
The Eastern Highways Framework 2 will run over four years and 13 contractors have been selected to manage schemes with a value up to £20M.
The process was led by Cambridgeshire County Council on behalf of the Eastern Highways Alliance, a collaboration between 11 local authorities. The firms which have successfully gone through the tender process are Danaher & Walsh, Fox Building & Engineering, Henderson & Taylor FM, John Henry & Sons Civil Engineers, Murrill Construction, Toppesfield, W&H Roads, Carillion, Eurovia Infrastructure, Interserve Construction, Jackson Civil Engineering Group, Kier and Morgan Sindall.
Cambridgeshire County Council chairman of the highways and community infrastructure committee Roger Hickford said: “The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 2 has been a huge task led by ourselves in Cambridgeshire which will provide benefits to the way local authorities in the East of England deliver highway works.
”The first framework, which was set up in 2012, used four contractors to deliver schemes up to the value of £10m. This framework made some significant savings for all the councils involved so the new framework, which is split between work up to £1.5m and contracts valued from £1M to £20M, will save considerable funds and time for us all. It is innovative thinking and partnership working like this which demonstrates how local authorities are collaborating together in adapting to the challenges we face.”
The members of the Eastern Highways Alliance are Bedford Borough Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Essex County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Luton Borough Council, Norfolk County Council, Peterborough City Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and Thurrock Council.