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Consultants winners named on Highways England CDF packages

Amey is the only firm to have missed out on work following a major shake-up of the consultancy lot of Highways England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework.

It emerged last year that Highways England was regionalising work for consultants on the remainder of the £5bn CDF. The client ultimately created 13 packages covering 38 projects. 

Under the regionalised model, firms on the design and engineering services lot of the CDF were able to bid for all 13 packages, with every contractor promised at least one and a maximum of two.

Amey is the only firm not to be allocated any of the packages – and will not be involved in any of the remaining design work covered by the framework.

Aecom, Atkins, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald / Sweco and WSP were all allocated two packages each, while Arup and CH2M won one package each (see table).

These are the preferred bidders; contracts have yet to be officially awarded.

The total value of the packages is £173m.

Construction News revealed earlier this month that there was still more than £2bn of work to be let through CDF.

In the consultants’ lot, £289m of work had been procured as of last month across 79 projects.

PackageRegionConsultantProjects (PCF Stages 3 & 4)Value (figures are latest estimates)
Package A  North-east WSP A1 Northumberland; A1 Birtley to Coal House; A1 Scotswood to North Brunton £26.36m
Package B North-east Atkins M62/M606 Chain Bar; M621 J1-7; M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange £16.37m
Package C North-west CH2M M62/M606 Chain Bar; M621 J1-7; M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange; A19 Norton to Wynyard  £2.53m
Package D North-west Arcadis A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool; A5036 Princess Way -Access to Port of Liverpool  £9.21m
Package E Midlands Aecom A500 Etruria Valley; A46 Coventry Juntions; M42 Juntion 6 Improvement £11.56m
Package F South-west Mott MacDonald / Sweco A358 Taunton to Southfields; A303 Sparkford to Ilchester  £12.19m
Package G South-west Arup A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross £5.42m
Package H South-east Jacobs M271/A35 Redbridge Roundabout upgrade; A31 Ringwood; M27 Southampton Juntions; M3 Junction 9 Improvement  £5.85m
Package I South-east Atkins M25 Junction 25 Improvement; M25 Junction 28 Improvement; M25 Junction 10/A3 Wisley; A2 Bean to Ebbsfleet; M2 Junction 5 Improvements £13.56m
Package J South-east WSP A27 Arundel Bypass; A27 East of Lewes; A27 Worthing-Lancing (Was to include A27 Chichester but scheme cancelld on 27 February 2017) £13.74m
Package K East Mott MacDonald / Sweco A47 Guyhrim Junction; A47 & A12; A47 Blofield North Burlingham; A47 Wansford toSutton; A47/A11 Thickthorn Junction; A47 North Tuddenham to Easton £14.11m
Package L East Aecom A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet £19.92m
Package M East Jacobs A12 Whole Route tech upgrade; A12 Chelmsford Junction 19 to 25; M11 junction 7 upgrade £22.69m

Amey’s omission from the latest round of packages is the latest blow for the firm after it was replaced on two Highways England road maintenance contracts worth a total of £400m.

Construction News reported that there were issues around pricing and Amey’s ability to meet its maintenance duties on the Area 6 and Area 8 contracts, both in the East of England.

Kier has now been chosen to take over the work in both areas.

Amey was the only construction firm to win places on both contractor and consultant lots when places on the CDF were awarded in 2014.

As of February 2017, the firm had won five schemes in the consultants lot alone, worth a total of £1.4m, while its joint venture with Arup had scooped three schemes totalling £34m.

As a contractor the firm had not won any construction jobs as of February 2017, landing just one £480,000 package covering buildability advice.

Full breakdown of the Collaborative Delivery Framework

Highways England is currently consulting with the industry over a £7bn framework to replace the CDF when the existing deal reaches its £5bn OJEU limit.

Construction News understands that regionalising both contractors and consultants lots within the framework is one option being considered.

A Highways England spokeswoman said: “We are committed to delivering the Government’s £15bn of investment in England’s motorways and major A roads – this includes £11bn of capital funding committed between 2015 and 2020.

“To support this challenging programme of investment, we have allocated packages of work to consultancy suppliers on our Collaborative Delivery Framework to carry out the preliminary design and complete the statutory processes of 38 major road schemes within our current delivery plan.

“Contracts have yet to be awarded on a scheme-by-scheme basis, and will be subject to the projects continuing to demonstrate value for money.”

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