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Seven contractors win places on £6bn roads framework

Balfour Beatty roads go sign

Seven contractors have won places on Highways England’s new £6bn Delivery Integration Partner framework so far.  

New Civil Engineer understands that Kier, Costain, Bam Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Galiford Try and Vinci have been appointed to the framework. 

The new contract model is part of the wider Routes to Market programme and replaces the Collaborative Delivery Framework. It involves the appointment of regional delivery integration partners to deliver schemes such as conventional road widening and junction improvements.

The framework as been divided into eight lots, each with its own budget and geographical area. Kier, Costain, Bam Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Skanska and Galiford Try have all won two lots with Vinci winning one.

A spokesperson for Highways England confirmed that the successful bidders had been informed and an official announcement is due to be made next week. 

A Highways England spokesperson said: “We are delivering a record investment in roads and require a step change in the way we procure our work. As we are in the standstill period ahead of contract award for our Regional Delivery Partnerships we are unable to comment on anything specific.” 

According to the prior information notice, 18 suppliers are expected to be appointed across the eight lots. The contracts will be under the NEC4 standard terms and run from 2018 until 2024.

Contractors can only win a maximum of two lots. Across all work packages, successful bidders will be expected to carry out a range of different activities ranging from preliminary design to giving specialist advice on whole life costing and future maintenance or inspection requirements and provisions, and enabling works to digital platform transformations.

The eight lots:

Lot 1: South West and Midlands (under £100M)

Packages worth between £25M to £83M. Each will include two or three individual schemes to be delivered by 2024. Estimated total value is £200M.

Lot 2: South East and East (under £100M)

Packages worth between £78M and £94M. Each will incude two to three individual schemes. Estimated total value is £350M.

Lot 3: North (under £100M)

Project with an approximate total value of between £36M and £67M. Each package will have between one and two individual project schemes. Estimated total value is £200M.

Lot 4: South West (more than £100M)

Total value £800M

Lot 5: Midlands (more than £100M)

Total value £1.25bn

Lot 6: South East (more than £100M)

Total value £1.1bn.

Lot 7: East (more than £100M)

Total value £2.8bn.

Lot 8: North (more than £100M)

Total value £2bn.

The roads strategy was launched in late 2014 and the first period runs from 2015 to 2020 and RIS 2 will run until 2025. 

In December last year, the government published its initial Strategic Road Network report with supporting documents as a first step for setting the RIS2 agenda. Projects expected to be included in RIS 2 are:

  • Northern Trans-Pennine — A66 and A69 corridors
  • Trans-Pennine tunnel — linking Manchester to Sheffield
  • Manchester north-west quadrant — the M60 junctions 8 to 18
  • A1 east of England — from the M25 to Peterborough
  • Oxford to Cambridge expressway
  • M25 south-west quadrant

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