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MAC contractors to link with local road teams

HIGHWAYS AGENCY and local authority design teams in south west England are set to be co-located in a bid to meet government efficiency targets.

Consultant Mouchel Parkman said it was planning to make use of local authority design offies after winning the job of Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) in the Highways Agency's Area 1 last week.

t has scooped the four year deal in joint venture with Accord.

Under the contract AccordMP will carry out all maintenance work, delivery of schemes up to £500,000 and the design and management of improvement schemes up to £5M.

AccordMP managing director David Virden cited his firm's willingness to work with local authorities in the area as a crucial factor in landing the £25M per year deal.

'Our motto is local delivery by local people, ' he said.

AccordMP has already begun talks with Cornwall County Council. Now it has won the contract it will approach Plymouth City and Devon County Council.

AccordMP Area 1 general manager James Haluch added that joint working will enable the local authorities and the Highways Agency to achieve the 2.5% year on year efficiency savings demanded by the government.

'Our approach in Area 1 will build up trust and evidence of what is achievable. We have already built the foundations for strong partnership working between the Highways Agency and Cornwall County Council, ' said Haluch.

As well as co-locating design teams, AccordMP and council contractors will procure maintenance materials jointly and store them at one location.

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