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Amey scoops £2bn Sheffield highways PFI mega-deal

Amey has been chosen by Sheffield City Council as the private contractor for maintaining the city’s highway network for the next 25 years, it has just been revealed.

The £2bn highway maintenance PFI deal is one of the largest local authority highway schemes in the UK and the contract will be one of Amey’s biggest.

The firm beat off competition from contractor Carillion and troubled consultant Mouchel, which had formed the Carillion/Mouchel bid team for the highly lucrative work. Losing out will no doubt come as a blow to Mouchel which late last month announced a major reshuffle and closure of two offices to save more money.

When the contract begins in August, Amey will be charged with dealing with a backlog of repairs and refurbishing the city’s roads, pavements, bridges and streetscene within the first five years of the contract and then maintaining them to the improved standard throughout the remaining 20 years of the contract.

“Selecting a private contractor to undertake the works that will transform our city’s streets under the highway maintenance PFI contract has been a detailed and rigorous process,” said council chief executive John Mothersole. “We shortlisted two high quality bidders who both have an excellent track record and experience in delivering highways regeneration schemes. We have made the decision to award the contract to Amey as they offer the best value for money in their proposals for improving and maintaining the city’s highway network to the standard required by the Council.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to refurbish the roads, pavements and streetscene across the whole city and is a priority for the Council. We will be working closely with Amey over the coming months to ensure they are fully geared up to begin the improvement works on the highway network later in the year.” 

What’s involved

The contract includes the improvement and the ongoing maintenance of the city’s 1,900km of road, 3,300km of footway, 36,000 highway trees, 500 traffic signals, 68,000 street lights, over 18,000 items of street furniture and 12,700 street name plates. The contract will also include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape maintenance.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I read the article and then I smiled. Mind you, that was only after I looked up the word 'lucrative'?

    Producing wealth, profitable and at whose expence? Why it will be the poor old Council Tax payers. Let's hope that they do not get into dificulties, (Amey that is). I wonder what the 'contingency' plan is? It's a pity we cannot ask Maggie Thatcher is not it?

    When I was at Hertfordshire CC, Mouchel would produce estimates for design checking and supervision of Section 38 works. They used to make my eyes water and established developers would almost 'cry'.

    Boy am I glad I retired.

    Brian Mason I Eng, AMICE (retired)

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