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Amey beats Carillion and Mouchel to £2bn Sheffield highways PFI deal

Amey has won the highly sought after £2 billion Sheffield PFI highways contract ahead of a Carillion and Mouchel joint venture.

Sheffield City Council revealed the winner of one of the biggest private finance initiative highway contracts in the UK at a press conference this afternoon.

Amey was up against a joint bid by Carillion and Mouchel in the 25-year scheme, which includes £1.2bn payment via the government and the rest via the council.

The refurbishment works carried out through the PFI scheme are set to start at the beginning of mid-August.

Amey will now be tasked with addressing the backlog of repairs and refurbishing the city’s roads, pavements, bridges and streetscene within the first five years of the contract and then maintaining them to the improved standard throughout the remaining 20 years of the contract.

The PFI contract includes the improvement and the ongoing maintenance of the city’s 1,900km of road, 3,300km of footway, 36,000 highway trees, 500 traffic signals, 68,000 street lights, over 18,000 items of street furniture and 12,700 street name plates.

The contract will also include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape maintenance.

John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “Selecting a private contractor to undertake the works that will transform our city’s streets under the highway maintenance PFI contract has been a detailed and rigorous process.

“We shortlisted two high quality bidders who both have an excellent track record and experience in delivering highways regeneration schemes. We have made the decision to award the contract to Amey as they offer the best value for money in their proposals for improving and maintaining the city’s highway network to the standard required by the council.

“We look forward to seeing them deliver for the people of Sheffield. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to refurbish the roads, pavements and streetscene across the whole city and is a priority for the council.

“We will be working closely with Amey over the coming months to ensure they are fully geared up to begin the improvement works on the highway network later in the year.”

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