Consultant Atkins is preferred bidder for a £200M deal to maintain Somerset’s roads for five years, beginning on 1 April 2010.
Atkins’ managing director of highway services, Philip Hoare, said: “The contract builds on our existing 13 year relationship and will enable us to continue to drive efficiency and service improvement across the County.
“This result, follows on from a three year extension to our contract with Gloucestershire County Council earlier this month which clearly demonstrates our ability to deliver repeatable and affordable quality with our customers,” he said.
Atkins was selected from six shortlisted companies which were subject to a bidding process that lasted several months. As the preferred contractor, Atkins had to demonstrate that it could meet the selection criteria of delivering high quality services at a competitive price.
Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for environment Councillor Anthony Trollope-Bellew, said: “Through this selection process, Atkins has proved to be the best provider for Somerset, against national and international competition. I am confident that this new contract will offer the best value for money for the County, and will deliver significant savings for the people of Somerset.”