Five groups have won 18-month frameworks with the Highways Agency to provide technical consultancy services: Halcrow; Jacobs; Mott MacDonald; an Arup/Capita Symonds/Hyder joint venture; and WSP Civil (with Parsons Brinckerhoff).
The new framework contracts are worth up to £130M to support the operation and improvement of England’s motorways and major A roads for 18 months, with the option to extend for a further year.
The Highways Agency say the contracts build on the success of previous similar arrangements, giving access to specialist expertise without the need to tender for individual projects.
The scope of services will be extremely wide (see below), ranging from support on major projects valued at several million pounds and lasting several years to small tasks requiring just a few days work.
The five suppliers are:
- Halcrow Group Limited,
- Jacobs Engineering Limited,
- Mott MacDonald,
- Séligere (a consortium of Ove Arup & Partners Limited, Capita Symonds Ltd and Hyder Consulting (UK) Limited), and
- WSP Civils Limited and Parsons Brinckerhoff
The frameworks will cover the following areas:
Standards, Specifications & Cost Research
Network Valuation & Operative Skills
Network Management Policy
Environmental Operations and Policy
Asset Assurance and Management Performance - Structures
Asset Assurance – Geotechnics
Asset Management Performance - Pavements
Safety Strategy and Risk including Safety Risk Management
Safety Strategy and Risk including Vehicle Restraint Systems
Safe Road Design and Safety Action Planning
Traffic Signals and Road Lighting including Lighting Safety
Safe Traffic Management and Road Operations
Safe Traffic Management and Road Operations including Traffic Signs and Signals
Incident Management Policy and Traffic Officer Services
Travel and Traffic Systems including Compliance, Information and Technology
Traffic Appraisal, Modelling and Economics
Operational Systems Support