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Amey secures new-look Area 7 roads deal

Area 7 deal done

Amey has won a deal worth up to £300M as part of the new-look East Midlands roads upkeep package.

The contractor secured the maintenance and response contract for Area 7, which will last for up to 15 years.

The deal – advertised last summer – is one of four being procured for the region after Highways England decided to move away from the asset support contract model.

Area 7 is currently held by the Aone+ consortium under an old-style managing agent contractor deal. This is due to expire this summer but will not, unlike many other areas, be replaced by an asset support contract.

Instead, in addition to Amey’s deal, there will be three other contracts for design, capital works and specialist services, while Highways England will also bring key elements of the overall package back in house.

Speaking at New Civil Engineer’s UK Roads conference last year, Highways England network delivery and development director David Brewer said the new East Midlands operating model was built around growing his team’s skills in terms of identifying network need and developing appropriate solutions.

It is the second contract to be awarded under the set of new arrangements in the East Midlands. A new five-year design services contract, with an expected value of over £25M, was awarded to Kier Highways earlier this month.

Kier’s duties will include preparing technical designs and undertaking supporting work for capital projects from an initial scheme feasibility phase through to the as-built phase, and will run from 1 July.

Further contracts will be awarded for specialist goods and services in the coming months and suppliers will be appointed to the new framework for delivering construction works in late April.

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