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Contractors picked for £240m M25 civils contracts

Osborne and Jackson Civil Engineering have secured deals worth up to £120m each to carry out civils works on the M25, Construction News can reveal.

The two companies have had their contracts to carry out maintenance and upgrades across the London orbital motorway renewed by M25 operator and maintainer Connect Plus.

Made up of Balfour Beatty, Edge Orbital Holdings and Egis Projects, the Connect Plus consortium has a 30-year design, build and finance contract to operate and maintain the 440 km M25 network for Highways England.

The contracts awarded to Osborne and Jackson Civil Engineering are understood to be worth up to £10m a year to each contractor. They will initially last for six years, with an option to extend them for another six.

The scope of works will include: concrete bay replacements; bridge deck waterproofing; expansion joint renewals; bearing replacements and repairs; bridge strengthening; structural steel corrosion protection; and specialist tunnel repairs and improvements.

Work will cover the 440 km of road including the main M25 motorway and arterial link roads around London.

Both Osborne and Jackson Civil Engineering were selected on the Connect Plus major improvements framework five years ago covering similar works.

Osborne managing director for infrastructure John Dowsett said: “This award is highly significant in our highways business strategy as we continue to target opportunities with forward-thinking customers who recognise the importance and value of a collaborative approach with their partners and suppliers.

“We will support Connect Plus to maintain their assets within a live motorway environment where road user safety and minimising disruption is paramount.

“We will drive and fully own a whole-life approach to maintenance enhancement, continuously improving service by developing a fully integrated, innovative community culture.”

Jackson contracts director Brian Crofton said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been selected for the third time around on this framework contract.

”Our relationship began with Connect Plus in 2009 and we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with them, and the wider M25 framework community over the coming years.”

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