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Balfour Beatty wins West Sussex job

Balfour Beatty this week won the £315 million West Sussex highways maintenance contract as several other key roads jobs progressed.

Construction News understands Balfour Beatty has been selected as preferred bidder for West Sussex County Council’s term maintenance contract.

The contractor had been shortlisted along with Ringway for the deal, which will run for at least five years with an option to be extended for a further two.

Balfour Beatty will carry out road and bridge maintenance, winter maintenance, and capital schemes worth up to £500,000.
The win came as several other major highways maintenance jobs progressed this week.

Kent County Council cabinet member for the environment, highways and waste Bryan Sweetland told a committee meeting that a contract for the council’s £750m maintenance deal should be awarded in June and start in September.

The three firms bidding are May Gurney, Enterprise and Colas.

Hertfordshire County Council on Monday invited three bidders for its £800m highways maintenance contract to enter the detailed stage of competitive dialogue.

The shortlisted firms are May Gurney, Amey and Ringway.

The contract - which covers routine, planned, cyclical and reactive maintenance and improvements - will run for seven years initially but could be extended to 12.

Work to be carried out includes winter service; street lighting maintenance and refurbishment; sign and bollard cleaning; verge maintenance; drainage maintenance; and the design and construction of planned civil engineering works.

Another roads maintenance contract set to be awarded in June is Cheshire East Borough Council’s seven-year highways maintenance deal worth £147m.

The firms shortlisted are Atkins, Amey and Ringway/Jacobs.

Elsewhere, Sheffield City Council this week confirmed it had pushed back the start date for its £2 billion roads maintenance PFI deal from August this year to April 2012.

A council spokesman confirmed that both shortlisted bidders - Amey and Carillion - were working with the local authority to revise their bids after a reduced project budget was agreed with the Department for Transport last month. A preferred bidder is due to be named by the end of the year.

Of the other two highways PFI schemes approved with reduced budgets by the DfT last month, the £1.4bn Hounslow Highways Maintenance PFI will cut its shortlist of three bidders - Skanska/Jacobs, Balfour Beatty,and Vinci/Ringway - to two next month, with a preferred bidder announced in the summer.

Tender documents for the £1.2bn Isle of Wight highways maintenance PFI deal are due in early May, with the shortlist due to be cut down to two later in the summer.


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