Sheffield’s £674.1M Highway Maintenance PFI project achieved an milestone today as the three bidders competing for the contract submitted their detailed solutions for the project.
The detailed solutions will demonstrate to Sheffield City Council how each bidder plans to deliver every aspect of the work over the 25 year contract. This includes all areas of highway maintenance, from improving road and footway surfaces, to working with local authorities and helping reduce the carbon footprint of the highway network.
The submission of detailed solutions follows on from a nine month period of competitive dialogue where the bidding companies, Amey, Carillion and Colas, have met regularly with the council to discuss the requirements of the project.
They have an excellent understanding of the city’s requirements
John Mothersole, Sheffield City Council
In July, following the evaluation of the bids, the council plans to invite two of the three bidders to submit refined solutions for the project. Following a further period of evaluation, the preferred service provider will then be selected in spring 2011. The new service provider will begin work on the highway in August 2011.
“We are delighted to have reached this important milestone for the project. It is just one year since the funding was confirmed and the Council has been working hard throughout the year to develop the project to this stage,” said Sheffield City Council chief executive John Mothersole.
“The dialogue with the bidding companies has been highly productive. We have been pleased with the level of commitment they have shown and are confident that they have an excellent understanding of the city’s requirements.”
“This investment and programme of works will transform our city and provide enormous benefits for all residents, visitors, businesses and motorists.”
The £674.1M PFI credits for the Highway Maintenance PFI Project is the single biggest allocation of PFI funding for any local authority in the country.
These PFI credits will be paid to the Council as grants, and, along with the Council’s existing highways budget and an additional £10M a year, will ensure that a total of over £2bn is spent on improving and maintaining 2,000km of road, 69,000 streetlights, over 350 bridges and other structures and 35,000 highway trees.
In March 2008, Sheffield City Council was selected, along with the Isle of Wight Council and the London Borough of Hounslow, as a Highway Maintenance Pathfinder and invited to submit an Outline Business Case to the Department for Transport.
The government agreed in March 2009 to fund the full amount requested by the council to carry out the work to improve Sheffield’s highways. Between 2011 and 2018, Sheffield’s roads and streetscene will be transformed, providing an improved network for all users and giving residents a greater sense of pride in their environment.
The Highway Maintenance PFI Project will ensure the improvement and on-going maintenance of:
- Highway structures, including bridges and retaining walls
- Signals, signs, road-markings
- Fences, barriers and other street furniture
- Highway trees
- Services such as streetlighting, winter gritting and landscape maintenance
Legal firm DLA Piper, financial giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, and consultant Mott MacDonald are advising the council.