Highways England has announced a deal with 13 contractors to collaborate regionally to carry out up to £8.7bn worth of work on England’s motorways
The contracts come under the new ‘Routes to Market Regional Delivery Partnership’ which incentives companies to improve safety and reduce traffic delays on Highways England roads.
It contains incentives for results which include:
- Shorter duration and more accurate management of roadworks to help drivers better plan their journeys and experience predictable journey times
- Buying more efficiently and buying locally – using the capability of a region to benefit the region
- Encouraging innovation, for example, lighting and signs designed to need less maintenance, reducing disruption and improving road worker safety
- Reduced road noise and increased environmental benefits
Highways England Chief Executive, Jim O’Sullivan said: “Routes to Market represents a fundamental change in the way we deliver road projects. It will be performance rather than price based, focusing on building the right projects with the best outcomes for road users and the communities we serve.
“It demands a major step up in our supply chain to embrace innovation and teamwork and in their ability to deliver value.”
The 13 companies – known as Delivery Integration Partners – will develop, design and construct highway projects across England from 2019 through to 2024.
Until now, Highways England has procured work on a scheme by scheme basis. This new approach provides a secure pipeline of work, instilling confidence to invest in skills and employment.
The work is arranged into 18 packages of schemes, awarded to contractors (delivery integration partners) in bands of up to £100m (lots 1 to 3) and over £100m (lots 4 to 8).
The chosen contractors for each lot are:
Lot 1 – Southwest & Midlands (worth £200m over the full term): Geoffrey Osborne; and Griffiths/Farrans Joint Venture
Lot 6 – Southeast (£1,100m): BAM Nuttall; and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering
Lot 7 – East (£2,800m): Costain; Galliford Try Infrastructure; and Skanska Construction UK