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WSP to check Highways England contractor work

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WSP has been appointed on a three-year quality audit project for Highways England.

The engineering consultancy firm will carry out investigations and audits to support the quality of construction work provided by the supply chain.

The £400,000 contract, which began in February this year, was awarded under the Specialist Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) Lot 1 Framework and is a continuation of a pilot study the company completed for Highways England last year. 

WSP work package director Stephen Pottle sad: “This is a fantastic win which builds on the existing strong relationship we have with Highways England. The work we will carry out is part of Highways England’s drive to continuously improve all aspects of the work they commission and deliver.

“It has the potential not only to improve the already high quality of construction taking place now, but could also have a significant impact on the way that Highways England procure and manage construction activities in the future.”

Highways England spent more than £92M on specialist consultancy services last year including £14M with WSP, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed last week.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Philip Alexander

    The reliance on Quality Assurance over the last 25 years rather than Quality Control has led to a general culture of short cutting and cheating. The QA paperwork might be perfect but if the physical product on the ground is rubbish, then the system is broken.
    So I sincerely hope that part of WSP's brief will be a comprehensive look at the actual quality of the product, compared with the QA records.
    If it is merely a desk study looking at 'paperwork' records, that just perpetuates the myth that if the records are ok then the product is ok. Wrong! There is no substitute for robust Quality Control carried out by qualified staff during construction.

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