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EnterpriseMouchel grabs latest Highways Agency maintenance deal

EnterpriseMouchel has pledged to make an “exemplar” of its work to maintain roads in southern England after winning the Highways Agency’s latest Asset Support Contract.

The Agency awarded the five year contract to incumbent EnterpriseMouchel this week. The maintenance contractor is now an incorporated company wholly owned by Mouchel since Amey’s acquisition of Enterprise earlier this year (NCE 28 February).

The contract for Area 3, which covers most of the Agency’s roads in Hampshire, Berkshire, parts of Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and parts of Dorset, will go live from 1 November and is valued at up to £140M per year.

The original tender documents put the estimated price range at between £100M and £140M per annum.

It is the third ASC contract to be awarded. An Atkins/Skanska joint venture won Area 2 in the south west and Balfour Beatty/Mott MacDonald Area 10 in the north west.

ASCs are replacing the Agency’s existing arrangements, known as Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) contracts, and will form the basis of the delivery of maintenance and improvement services for most parts of England’s motorway and trunk road network. They are more outcome based and less prescriptive, in theory enabling suppliers to be more innovative about the way their services are delivered and cut costs as a result.

But the first two contracts have been dogged by delays in contract award and questions over the pricing strategy used by contractors (NCE 21 June 2012).

EnterpriseMouchel managing director Dave Wright said his firm would make this ASC an exemplar. It was the incumbent contractor in Area 3 and also operates Areas 1 and 13 in the south west and north west, having won Managing Agent Contractor contracts in 2010.

“Having successfully delivered our current portfolio of MAC contracts to a high standard, consistently featuring in the upper quartile of the Highways Agency’s performance metrics, I am confident we can make this latest ASC contract an exemplar,” said Wright.

“We are committed to delivering to the Highways Agency’s vision of safe roads, reliable journeys and informed travellers through our strong core focus on the safety, asset management and delivering better value year on year.”

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