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24Sep92 UK: SIX CONTRACTORS PICK UP TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR FOSTON-HATTON-HILTON BYPASS IN DERBYSHIRE.

By Brian Warner.Six firms have picked up tender documents for the £25-30 million Foston-Hatton-Hilton bypass in Derbyshire - the job features a trial section of road surface used on the Continent but as yet untried in the UK known as 'whisper concrete'.The line-up is Mowlem, Boot, Budge, Alfred McAlpine, Balfour Beatty and May Gurney.May Gurney, based near Norwich and often thought of as a 'local firm', has just opened a Midlands office. The fact that the firm has made the tender list may be interpreted as the fruits of more aggressive marketing and a further step towards recognition as a major national player.The job, which also calls for continuous reinforced concrete pavement, is suitable for contractors which already down paving train.Budge does not, but Boot is understood to be expecting the delivery of one. May Gurney's position with regard to the plant is unknown.About half of the project will feature a trial section of exposed aggregate concrete finish over a 3-4 km stretch.The Department of Transport is anxious to cut down road noise, and the pilot scheme will also be closely monitored for rise, texture, wear and spray.The contenders will have around 12 weeks to price the job, with tenders due back by December 7.In total, the project will form a 9 km dual carriageway bypass for the villages.It features two at grade junctions, a grade-separated junction, two river bridges and four bridges over the bypass itself.The first kilometre of the project will be overlay, with the rest new construction.Scott Wilson Firkpatrick is consulting engineer.- Fitzpatrick is hot favourite for the A23 Pease Pottage/Handcross bridge improvements on the A23 in Sussex.Its price, understood to be around £8.5 million, should see off Bridge, Amey, HT Construction, Lilley, and Shephard Hill.Work starts next month for 18 months on about 4.6 km of dual three-lane carriageway, two access bridges, remedial work on existing bridges, reconstructing an existing interchange.