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13 contractors win places on £8.7bn Highways England framework

Roads

Thirteen contractors have won places on Highways England’s £8.7bn Regional Delivery Partnership framework.

Bam Nuttall, Skanska and Galliford Try have all been named on two of the eight lots. Other winnning contractors include Balfour Beatty, Taylor Woodrow, Kier, Volker Fitzpatrick, Amey and Costain (for the full breakdown, see below).  

The new framework will be a cornerstone of Highways England’s relationship with the supply chain for the second UK Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) until 2024.

Highways England said the new contract model had been developed as part of the wider Routes to Market programme and will replace the £2.7bn collaborative delivery framework (CDF), which reaches its headline value in this year.

The new framework will see the newly appointed regional delivery integration partners delivering schemes such as conventional road widening and junction improvements.

The framework is divided into eight lots, each with its own budget and geographical area. The contracts will be under the NEC4 standard terms and run from 2018 until 2024.

The work packages in lots 1 to 3 are for contracts below £100M and those in lots 4 to 8 are for projects exceeding £100M.

There were restrictions placed on the number of contracts which companies could bid for, with candidates applying for projects in lots 1 to 3 not permitted to bid for contracts in lots 4 to 8.

Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “Routes to Market represents a fundamental change in the way we deliver road projects.  It will be performance rather than price based, focusing on building the right projects with the best outcomes for road users and the communities we serve. 

“It demands a major step up in our supply chain to embrace innovation and team work and in their ability to deliver value.”

Under the terms of the contracts, contractors will be guaranteed an initial package of work under each lot with subsequent contracts allocated either on a direct award basis or under mini competition which may include suppliers on any other lot.

Across all work packages, firms 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.

In October, Kier, Costain, Bam Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Galiford Try and Vinci won places on Highways England’s £6bn Delivery Integration Partner framework.  

Regional Delivery framework partners

Lot 1 – South West & Midlands - £200M – two partners: Geoffrey Osborne Ltd; and Griffiths / Farrans Joint Venture (Alun Griffiths (Construction) Ltd and Northstone (NI) Limited trading as Farrans Construction)

Lot 2 South East & East - £350M - two partners: John Graham Construction Ltd; and Volker Fitzpatrick Ltd

Lot 3 North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humber - £200M -  two partners: Amey Sir Robert McAlpine Joint Venture (Amey OW Ltd and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd); and North Midland Construction Plc

Lot 4 – South West - £800M - two partners: Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd; and Taylor Woodrow

Lot 5 – Midlands - £1.25bn - two partners: Bam Nuttall Ltd; and Skanska Construction UK Ltd

Lot 6 South East - £1.1bn - two partners: Bam Nuttall Ltd; and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd

Lot 7 – East - £2.8bn - three partners: Costain Ltd; Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd; and Skanska Construction UK Ltd

Lot 8 North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humber - £2bn - three partners: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd; Costain Ltd; and Kier Highways Ltd

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