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High CAT score places Mace well for roads work

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CONSULTANT MACE said this week that it would attack the UK highways sector after scooping second place in the Highways Agency's Capability Assessment Toolkit (CAT) rankings.

The firm scored 69, the second highest score awarded to a consultant since the CAT was introduced in 2003.

Mace has now submitted prequalifi tion bids for all Highways Agency regional consultancy frameworks.

'In our original business plan our vision for 2010 was to expand infrastructure services into highways and water.

'We completed the CAT to demonstrate the level of commitment that we have to breaking into this sector, ' said Mace group director of infrastructure Mark Reynolds.

The CAT is used by the Agency, with past project performance information, to select consultants and contractors.

It is completed annually and companies can score up to 72. At the last assessment Halcrow achieved the highest score with 70. Mace's 69 places it equal with KBR as the second highest scoring consultant.

The Agency is revamping the system as the high scores achieved in 2005 leave little room for improvement (NCE 10 February 2005).

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