Kier has signed a £25m-a-year contract with the Canal & River Trust to deliver engineering and construction works on the UK’s canal network.
The National Engineering & Construction Contract will initially run for six years, with options to extend up to a maximum of 10 years. The long term aims to encourage greater capital investment and innovation.
The deal replaces the existing ‘Omnibus’ contract, held by Kier.
The framework equates to approximately 100 major construction projects and over 200 minor repair projects annually including:
- Channel lining, trench sheeting, and piling;
- Culvert cleaning, lining, inspection and repair;
- Towpath surfacing;
- Repairs to historic locks, bridges and aqueduct repairs, including grouting;
- Safety related reservoir works;
- Mechanical & Electrical works;
- Repairs to weirs on both canals and rivers;
- Restoration schemes (which may include new build); and
- Minor works including bridge parapet repairs and bank protection projects.
Kier managing director for utilities, Paul Fletcher, said: “The opportunities for greater integration and collaboration to drive exceptional customer service and sustainable efficiencies are hugely exciting within this progressive and ground breaking framework.”
Vince Moran, operations director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “”The contract will play a major role in what the Trust is trying to achieve; putting our customers at the heart of what we do and ensuring that our waterways remain special places alive with people, boats and wildlife.”