Multiple materials and equipment contracts for concrete production on the £1bn Scottish Forth Bridge project have been awarded locally to boost jobs and economy north of the border.
The project is nine months into a six year construction phase and more subcontracts will be awarded in the future. So far 118 Scottish firms have been selected to work on the project with 870 out of 1,041 supply orders, on the principle contract, going to Scottish companies.
Concerns were raised following the award of major steel contracts to European and Chinese firms.
Principal contractor for the project, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), said quotes were received from across Europe and contracts awarded based on price, suitability and “extensive quality and mix tests”.
“FCBC are building the biggest transport infrastructure project in Scotland for a generation, on time and on budget,” said MSP cabinet secretary for infrastructure Alex Neil. “Their supply chain and subcontracts are commercial matters however, we recognise the recent public interest and these latest deals are clear evidence that Scottish firms will benefit from the FRC.”
The FRC project will support 1,200 Scottish jobs and secure a further 3,000. It will also deliver around 45 vocational training positions every year, 21 professional body training places and 46 positions for the long term unemployed.
Contractors due to gain
Ready-mix pre-batched concrete will be supplied from two local businesses. Tarmac, from their facilities in South Gyle and Livingston, who will supply works on the south side of the Forth. Skene Group, from their facilities in Fife, will supply works on the north side of the Forth.
A subcontract for aggregates supply for the concrete to be used in the main bridge has been awarded to Tarmac from the Revelrig Quarry, West Lothian and facilities in Lanarkshire. Tarmac intends to add five extra local employees to its 24 strong workforce as a result of this contract.
FCBC also confirmed that a subcontract for cement and admixture materials has been awarded to UK based Aggregate Industries who will recruit a further full-time managerial position to their depot in Glasgow to support this subcontract.