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Rowsell mirrors DBFO with Dutch-style Highways Agency

The man behind the 30-year Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract for the M25 widening is to help develop a similar contract form for the Dutch equivalent of the Highways Agency.
Six months after leaving the Agency, ex-procurement director Steve Rowsell has been commissioned to advise the Rijkswaterstaat – the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management – on a £1.4bn widening of 40km of the A15 motorway into Rotterdam Port – a scheme which also includes a major bridge structure.

"The client wants to learn lessons from the M25 DBFO and the contract form will be very similar," said Rowsell. "It is also seeking to engage with a wider set of contractors to increase competition and wants to attract bids from the UK where contractors have experience of bidding for this type of contract.

Since forming consultancy Rowsell Wright last year, he has picked up a number of procurement advice commissions based upon his Highways Agency experience.

These include advising the Northern Ireland Roads Service on Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) schemes for a £400M investment in new road links between Northern Ireland and the Republic and giving advice to London's Crossrail team as it develops its procurement strategy.

Rowsell is also still helping the Highways Agency to train staff for the M52 DBFO.

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