Dorset County Council has awarded Hanson a highways and maintenance contract worth up to £500M in value.
The council said the contract would range between its basic budget of £100M and £500M depending on any additional funding gained by the Council over a five year period. The contract also has the potential to be extended to 10 years if necessary.
Dorset County Council senior procurement officer David McDonald said Dorset’s approach differed from the surrounding councils as it had retained its own in-house highways and maintenance team. This he said, enabled it to respond more quickly to smaller jobs and emergency situations.
McDonald said that this new contract would be a ‘top-up’ provision to the works delivered by its own works service.
The scope of works is broad with the contractor required to ‘manage the delivery of works and the required supply chain covering a wide range of technical skills’.
Dorset County Council service director for highways and emergency planning Andrew Martin said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our partnership arrangements with Hanson into a third generation contract. We have worked successfully together for the last 15 years to deliver capital maintenance and highway improvement programme across the county.
“Hanson submitted a very attractive proposal in both price and quality and also put forward a number of exciting new initiatives which we are looking forward to developing and implementing as the contract progresses.”
Hanson Contracting major projects director Denis Curran said: “We are very pleased to be awarded this new partnership contract and to extend our collaborative working arrangements with Dorset County Council. We look forward to delivering a high quality highways service.”