Highways England reveals winners of archaeology framework


Highways England has announced a new four-year archaeology framework which will offer suppliers the opportunity to work with the company in protecting the environment

The framework includes the country’s cultural heritage and buried archaeology while improving England’s motorways and major A roads.

By having the framework in place, archaeology contractors, working directly with Highways England, will support the initial design stage of road schemes in the road investment strategy.

This in turn supports how projects proceed through the planning stages, including what mitigation work is needed. The framework will bring multiple benefits to Highways England across cost efficiency, delivery of improvements and safety on site.

The contract is available to all Highways England schemes, and can also be used by the Regional Delivery Partnership (RDP), Delivery Integration Partners.

The £195m framework has been awarded over three lots to the following companies:

Lot 1 – under £2m

  • Connect Archaeology LLP
  • Infra
  • Archaeology Management Solutions

Lot 2 – £2m to £5m

  • Headland
  • Oxford-Cotswold Archaeology
  • Aecom
  • Museum of London Archaeology

Lot 3 – over £5m

  • Headland
  • Oxford-Cotswold Archaeology
  • Aecom
  • Museum of London Archaeology

Catherine McGrath, category manager for ground investigation and archaeology at Highways England, said: “We’re delighted to announce the new framework; it’s the first of its kind in the archaeological sector for Highways England and enables us to develop direct relationships with archaeology contractors, developing greater efficiencies.

“We look forward to working with the successful suppliers.”


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